The government of Anambra has directed “land grabbers” and owners of illegal structures within the premises of Awka Township Stadium to vacate the facility.
Patrick-Estate Onyedum, Chairman of Anambra Sports Development Commission (ASDC) announced the directive when he inspected the stadium on Tuesday.
Onyedum inspected the abandoned gatehouse, collapsed indoor sports hall and overall layout of the stadium area.
“It is unfortunate that individuals or groups can go into the property of Anambra government and erect structures within the perimetre fence without consulting the government or obtaining approval from it,” Onyedum said.
He added that the state government, through the Ministry of Lands and the Urban Planning Office, would move in with the aim of taking full possession.
“The boundaries of this Awka Stadium are not in doubt. The facility is well fenced. But it is surprising to see these structures here, and the Sports Commission is not aware of them
“So, we are calling on individuals or groups of persons trespassing into the stadium or erecting structures to stop forthwith,” the commission chairman said.
Onyedum said the state government led by Gov. Chukwuma Soludo was ready to take full possession of the Awka Stadium and transform it into a sports community.
He said the government planned to build a football pitch, athletics tracks, indoor sports hall and courts for tennis, volleyball, basketball and handball in the stadium.
The chairman said the stadium has all it takes to make Awka the sports hub of the South East.