Why Stephen Keshi Stadium’s Scoreboard collapsed –Delta govt

Patrick Ukah

By Eseoghene Emuke

The Delta State government has reacted to the collapsed scoreboard at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo inaugurated the stadium three months ago following which it hosted its first international football match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Cranes of Uganda.

The State Commissioner of Information, Chief Patrick Ukah, spoke on Tuesday while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting presided over by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

Ukah said the scoreboard collapsed following a heavy wind on Monday as predicted by NiMet for Nigeria.

He was, however, silent on whether the state government would probe the quality of job done by the contractor who handled the project.

The commissioner also disclosed that the collapsed scoreboard also destroyed part of the stadium saying that the incident was receiving necessary attention.

Ukah expressed appreciation to God that no life was lost during the mishap.

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He assured that the damaged part of the complex will be urgently fixed by the contractor as the project have not been handed over to the state government.

He also said the state government has repudiated the contract for the rehabilitation of Direct Labour Agency (DLA) Road, Asaba, the state capital.

The information commissioner disclosed that as part of efforts to continue to open up the state through roads, the meeting approved the (phase 11) of the construction of Fear God Street (Bonsaac) and construction of Pat Kanayo Okonta Street/Amaechi Uzuegbu Street/Part of Nze Francis Street/Onwa Nwachinemelu Street in Asaba.

The EXCO, according to Chief Ukah, also approved the rehabilitation of electricity scheme at Ode-Itsekiri (phase 1) in Warri South Local Government Area and the construction of (phase 11) of Model Secondary School, Ogulagha in Burutu Local Government Area.

Other projects approved by the council included the construction of (phase 11) of Okerenkoko Township Road in Warri South-West Local Government Area and construction of (phase 1) of internal roads in Okolokpo Community in Ika North East Local Government Area.

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According to the information commissioner, also approved is the payment of the retirement/death benefits of 115 staff of the Delta State University, Abraka.


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