Ahead of the 2018 edition of African Senior Athletic Championship, Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has ordered that roads around the Stephen Keshi Stadium, venue of the competition be tarred.
The governor who inspected the stadium shortly after attending this yearâ€™s May Day celebration yesterday expressed confidence that no stone would be left unturned for a successful sporting event that will attract people from all over Africa to Asaba.
According to Okowa, “a lot of work have been done; the main bowl is taking shape; construction work is at advanced stage at the swimming pool section, the gallery and l believe that in three weeksâ€™ time, that is, before May 29th, the stadium will be ready for the African Athletic Championship.”
â€œWe are aware of the numerous benefits derivable from hosting such international events, from tourism, business and opportunity for our athletes to be exposed. So, we are ready to host the world,â€ the governor said.
He disclosed further; â€œto ensure hitch-free movement during the competition, I have directed that the streets around the stadium be constructed, this is in addition to the construction of the driveway that we are inspecting presently.â€
Okowa continued, â€œyou are aware that work has reached advanced stage at the runway of the Asaba International Airport which will be very busy during the tournament, we are happy and our people are ready for the event.â€
The Site Engineer at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Lewis Masowa, who conducted the governor and his team round the facility explained that the facility was unique because it has nine lanes and FIFA approved football pitch with natural grass.