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‘Our Plans For Liberty Stadium’ -Sports Minister, Sunday Dare

-Ayotunde Ayanda

The Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr Sunday Dare has hinted on what the Federal Government plans to do revive the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium Complex, Ibadan.


While speaking to journalists at the seminar for online media hosted by the Southwest Group of Online Publishers (SWEGOP) at the Ilaji Farms and Resorts, Akanran, Ibadan, the Minister claimed there is an effort to work on the stadium.


In his statement, Sunday Dare said ‘I may not be able to come there and speak on the plans because I don’t want to start receiving calls. The approach we want to adopt is what we are doing with the National Stadium, Lagos. We are trying to look for people that will partner with the government on that project. They will build, operate and return to the government after running it for 15 or 25 years. We achieved what we have done with the National Stadium with the partnership with Chief Kessington Adebutu and that should be ready in June.


Data Tariff Hike: ‘we won’t allow Nigerians to be milked’- Buhari

Some hours before the data tariff hike could be implemented the Chairman of the Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime, Senator Fatai Buhari was the guest of the South West Group of Online Publishers, SWEGOP, at its maiden Breakfast Media Chat on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 where he answered questions bordering on the matter, cybercrime and the plans of the government to control it…

Members of the group took him on, on a number of issues, especially bordering on ICT, cybercrime and why the Senate had to wade into the proposed data tariff hike.

The NCC has issued a directive that data tariff should rise from tomorrow. We know the future of almost every business is online. Is this tariff increase properly timed and what do you think it portends for ICT in Nigeria?

I must be honest with you, on the issue of tariff, the National Assembly has not been consulted about it. I think it is a policy issue for them. However, I absolutely agree with you that if we say we are in recession, the purchasing power of the people has gone down, this is not the time to milk them. I absolutely agree with you on that.
I will call a meeting of my members next week, we will review it. We will not sit down and allow Nigerians to be milked and sucked.
However, we are not in the position to dabble into the policy making of an organization but we are there to what is called check and balance. So when there are policies like that, the moment it goes inimical to the wish of the people and it is going to affect our society; that is when we should come in. We will now ask them, why did you do this? That is with the populace. On the economic part of it, we have already agreed that we have to look inwards to make ICT one of the centres of revenue generation for the system.