Residents of Lagos State saturday commended the State Government’s decision to set up six viewing centres across the State to enable them watch the ongoing World Cup matches in Russia.
The State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, had last month promised to set up viewing centres in key locations that would afford residents opportunity to watch all the 64 World Cup matches live in a serene and secured environment.
The six centres currently up and running include Campos Mini Stadium Lagos Island; Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere; Abesan Estate in Alimosho; Naval Yard, Ajegunle; Bishop Aggrey School Mushin and Epe Recreation Centre in Epe.
Some residents who spoke on the development alluded to the fact that the present administration of Ambode was living up to its billing as an inclusive government that touches all sectors.
At the Campos Mini Stadium, residents who shortly after the thrilling Group B match between Portugal and Spain described the initiative as laudable and novel, adding that due to unstable electricity in some parts of Lagos Island, the Centre gave them the opportunity to watch the games.
For some other spectators at the Centre, it afforded them the opportunity of watching the World Cup matches in a relaxed mood with stable electricity.
Speaking on some of the benefits of the viewing centres, Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Mr. Kweku Tandoh said because football is a unifying activity that brings the people together, football lovers therefore see the government as one that touches other sectors such as sports.
He said creation of viewing centres by the State was also complementing various grassroots sports development championships and competitions that the administration of Ambode has solely sponsored, were added advantages to the numerous achievements of the Governor in other sectors of the Lagos economy.
Besides, Tandoh said the Government has made adequate provisions for medical coverage, adequate security, traffic control and general sanitation at all the viewing centres.
He also disclosed that a Public Liability Insurance Cover was also in place covering the six centres for the period of the World Cup.