By: Gracious Akujobi
The official handover of the rehabilitated Main Bowl pitch of the National Stadium Abuja to the National Sports Commission by Julius Berger PLC, the contractor that fixed it, will take place on Tuesday, September 17, 2013.
As part of activities marking the handover, the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria will take on local side, Amakson Soccer Academy, in a friendly match. Secondary schools in Abuja will also participate in athletics competitions.
Side attractions will include performances by Whizkid, Ice Prince Zamani and White Nigerian. Leading comedians in Abuja will also perform on Tuesday starting from 3pm.
The contract to rehabilitate the Main Bowl pitch of the National Stadium Abuja was awarded to Julius Berger in January this year, after a disruption of power supply to the stadium affected the regular wetting of the pitch which made it to be overgrown by weed.
The scope of work completed by Julius Berger includes removal and replacement of the topsoil; planting the approved specie of grass, well watered and nourished until roots are established; and maintenance of the pitch, including watering and trimming of the grass. It also provided new water sprinklers for the stadium.
Last week, the Sports Minister, Bolaji Abdullahi gave assurances that the Commission has plan for the regular maintenance of the pitch and also stating that there will be regular activities at the stadium after the handover.