FG shuts National Stadium in Lagos over coronavirus

Sunday Dare

The Federal Government has shut down the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos over the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world.

Liaison Officer of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Bode Durotoye, told NAN on Monday that the directive was from the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare.

Mr Durotoye said the facility would be re-opened to the public when the situation improves.

“I got the directive from the minister this morning that we should shut down the National Stadium in Lagos temporarily in line with the Federal Government’s directive that all social gatherings should be suspended for now,” he said.

Durotoye added that the office last Friday had issued notices to all the fitness clubs operating at the stadium not to use the facility from Monday till further notice.

“I have asked my staff to ensure that the people using the stadium for sports and businesses comply with the directive,” he said.

“I urge all the users of the stadium to stay away from the stadium for now. All the offices and businesses in the stadium are closed till further notice.

“As soon as the situation improves, the stadium will be re-opened for the use of the public.”

Lagos State Sports Commission had shut its facilities for the same reason.