The Nasarawa State Government and leading construction company Reform Sports West Africa have signed an agreement which will ensure that the stadium in Lafia City will soon sport a new look.
The state government has signed the agreement with Abuja-based Reform Sports West Africa Limited to transform the facility in accordance with best practice and with a mandate to commence work immediately.
Speaking at the brief ceremony at the Lafia facility, Nasarawa State Commissioner for Youth Development and Sports, Ambassador Lucky Isaac Yargwa said the contract included the laying of a new synthetic turf on the football pitch, the construction of tartan athletic tracks and a hockey pitch which is in line with the earlier directive of the state governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule.
In his words, “Sport and youth development are some of the pillars of Governor Sule’s administration which has made it clear that he will revamp the sector to meet best practice.
“We are a state endowed with so much talent and sports enthusiasts, so we cannot afford to disappoint them. We have a mandate to provide them with facilities in order to fulfill their potential.
“Today you can see one of those proofs. We are fixing a new synthetic turf on the football field, we will be building world class tartan tracks and a decent hockey pitch.
He revealed that five companies bid for the job but Reform Sports West Africa Limited was chosen because it has the pedigree and credibility to meet the job specifications and meet deadlines.
“We are happy that this is happening today. The bidding process was rigorous, but in the end we have a company that can meet the specifications of the job,” he said.
Yargwa added, “Due to the requirement of the job, we have agreed with the contractor to complete the job in a short period of time.
“We have solved all the gray areas and I can assure you that our stadium will be ready for all types of sporting events in the coming weeks.
“It is to allow our athletes, men and women, to return to the facilities at the end.”
In his response, Mr. Michael Adamu, CEO of Reform Sports West Africa and the contractor in charge of the project, said his company would deliver the work at the time indicated.
He promised to deliver quality work, adding that once completed, the facilities will enjoy a long lifespan.
Reform Sports West Africa Limited is renowned for running similar projects in Enugu and other parts of the country.