The FIFA man went ahead to indict the federal government of unseriousness for failing to fulfil promises made to the world’s football governing body when it came visiting in January.
Bogged by this comment made by the FIFA executive on Thursday in Lagos as a result of inability to provide six standard stadia outlined to host the event later in the year despite lots of promises made.
Speaking to Trustsports after the bombshell Dada stated that it is a big shame on the part of federal government for not keeping to its promise four months after, adding that had it been they were not ready they should have told the world governing body earlier rather than exposing the country to ridicule.
The sports administrator expressed disappointment at the way and manner federal government handled the construction project when compare to the states that performed their roles within the available resources in ensuring that Nigerians have opportunity to host the championship.
He remarked that out of the nine stadia slated for event, three of them belong to the state government who out of desperation and seriousness did their own part to great level but said the reverse is the case of the federal government own stadia as it let Nigeria down by failing to do anything at their disposal.
“Can you imagine that from the nine stadia approved by the federal government to host the event while sending to FIFA, three of them belong to state government namely, Warri township stadium, Delta state, Gateway International stadium, Ogun and our own Teslim Balogun. Six are being owned by federal government but it is a big pity that only Abuja stadium and our own Teslim Balogun stadium were chosen”, he opined.
“If not that Abuja was newly built the case would have been worse as no other federal government own stadia came close to the FIFA standard as speculated. This is bad and does not augur well for the image of the country. What have they being doing since January? asked Dada.
“Nigerians and especially Lagosians will not forgive this federal administration led by President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua if Nigeria eventually lose the hosting right to another African country or whoever it may be as said by Warner during his speech as Lagos state Government under the leadership of Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola has committed lots of money in ensuring that its own part is conclusive at speculated time”, he fumed.
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