By Onome Oghenetega
The score board of the recently inaugurated Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta State, has collapsed.
This is coming barely five months after the stadium hosted the 21st African Championships in Athletics in August, 2018.
It was learnt that the incident happed at about 7pm during a heavy wind and light showers on Monday.
No casualty was recorded during the incident.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had on Monday, November 19, 2018, inaugurated the Stephen Keshi Stadium built by the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa after several years of abandonment.
One of the sources who witnessed the incident claimed, “I was just at the opposite of the stadium when I suddenly heard a sound.
“I thought it was the building from the top of the stadium and I discovered that it was the score board that fell during that heavy wind. But we thank God that nobody was injured.”
Some participants at the championship hosted in August had complained of the quality of some of the facilities at the stadium during the competition.
A big water tank at the stadium had also collapsed during the 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships hosted by the state.
Reacting to the development, the Delta State Government noted that the heavy wind predicted across the country by NiMet caused the collapse of the score board.
The State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, who stated this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the Delta State Executive Council meeting on Tuesday, said the score board destroyed part of the stadium but that no life was lost.
He explained that the damaged part of the complex would be fixed by the contractor as the project has not been handed over to the state government.