The Honorobale Minister for Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung
on Thursday paid a visit to the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta
State where the 21st African Senior Athletics Championships will be
holding from August 1-5.
The minister who was conducted round the edifice by the chairman of the
Local Organizing Committee, LOC for CAA Asaba 2018 Chief Solomon Ogba as
well as the Head of Technical for the championships, Yussuf Alli
expressed great delight at the quality of work done at the stadium.
In a statement issued by Olukayode Thomas, CAA Asaba 2018 Head of Media
and Publicity, Dalung said the facilities put in place at the Stephen
Keshi Stadium are not just good enough for the African championships but
they are capable of even hosting the IAAF World Championships.
The Minister admitted that a lot of work has been done since his last
visit to the stadium and he specially thanked Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for
leaving another legacy in sports in Delta state and Nigeria as a whole.
Dalung pointed out that the sporting family in Delta State and across
Nigeria would forever be grateful for the excellent work midwifed by the
Delta State governor and the members of the LOC for CAA Asaba 2018.
The Minister for Youth and Sports also pledged that the Federal
Government will offer support to Delta state to ensure that Asaba put up
a world class championship in August.
According to the minister, the gains of hosting the African Senior
Athletics Championships is not limited to Delta State hence the Federal
government will lend support in anyway they can since it is for the
Meanwhile, the minister has also expressed great optimism that Team
Nigeria will do well at the African Championships having confirmed that
the country’s best legs across the world including those that missed out
on the Commonwealth Games are expected to be present in Asaba.
The minister noted that the athletes all know what accrues to them if
they win medals in Asaba; hence they have been preparing and would
definitely give their best shot as they compete with the rest of the