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FIFA U-17: Bauchi spends N1b on facilities – Commissioner

The Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Alhaji Salisu Zakari, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi on…

The Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Alhaji Salisu Zakari, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi on Friday.

Zakari said Bauchi state was now ready to receive the FIFA final inspection team.

The commissioner said: “Bauchi State has provided all that are needed to meet FIFA requirements in terms of facilities at the Abubakar Tafawa Stadium and the hotel accommodation.

“What FIFA requested from us was 40 hotel rooms where the players are expected to be accommodated.

“We have now have more than enough as the Zaranda Hotel in Bauchi metropolis, which has been renovated and has more than 200 rooms.

“The former Protea Hotel, now Yankari Hotel as well as the new Government House have more than 15 rooms of international standards to accommodate the officials.

“We have exceeded all the other approved venues including Kano, Kaduna, Enugu, Calabar, Port Harcourt, Ijebu Ode in Ogun and Lagos in terms of facilities and readiness for the championship.

“This is in addition to the state-of-the-art turf already at the maim bowl of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium.

“While Bauchi centre has already completed work on the turf and other facilities such as the score board, other centres such as Kano has yet to lay the turf, but has secured approval to serve as a venue for the championship.

“Denying Bauchi the right to host the championship will tantamount to denying the entire North-East Zone because Kano and Kaduna, which are already selected as venues for the championship, are all in the North-West Zone of the country,’’ Zakari added.

Zakari said work on the media centre, accident and emergency unit had also been completed.

“We have already spent more than N1 billion on the improvement of facilities at the Federal Government owned stadium and if we are denied the right to host the event.