Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra has allocated N995 million for capital projects and recurring expenses in the sports sector during fiscal year 2021 compared to 2020, which was N1.165 billion, but was later revised to N485 million.
A breakdown of the budget shows that Awka Township Stadium will swallow 400 million naira, while the construction of zonal sports stadiums in Otuocha, Ekwulobia and Ogidi will take 100 million naira.
The breakdown also showed that it would cost N150 million to form the state-owned men’s and women’s soccer clubs with the outlay, while the development of community playgrounds and school sports would fetch N100 million and N60 million respectively.
Other projects and their estimated values are sports equipment, N30 million, National Sports Festival N35 million and Walk for Life N30 million.
He also indicated that N20 million will be spent on capacity development for sports activities, while N20 million will be allocated to grants to sports organizations and associations.
The rest are N20 million local government, school and municipal union sports competitions, N10 million furniture and equipment, N15 million statewide sports grants, and N5 million Planning Research Statistics.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that Obiano proposed N143. 65 billion as state budget for fiscal year 2021 in Anambra.
Speaking about the budget, Tony Oli, chairman of the Anambra Sports Development Commission (ASDC), said that one of the projects, Awka Township Stadium, would be delivered before the end of December.
Oli said that the field, the grandstand, the tartan courts and all the necessary facilities will be installed, while expansion works will continue next year on the facilities for other games, including indoor sports.
He said the goal was to build zonal game centers in Otuocha, Ekwulobia and Ogidi to serve the sports facility needs of people in the areas.
“Awka Township Stadium is in last year’s budget and it’s there again this year, the appearance this year is for project completion. Work is progressing steadily and I am always there to inspect the progress of the project.
“His Excellency has ordered during one of his visits that the project be delivered this year, we are working towards that and I want to assure people that an inaugural soccer match will be played there on December 28th.
“Ekwulobia has been awarded and Otuocha has taken off. We are trying to stop the invasion that is taking place on the land proposed for the Ogidi Stadium project so that work can take off effectively, ”he said.
Oli said the state men’s and women’s soccer teams would no longer be for competitions but for national leagues with independent management teams and government grants.
The commission chairman rated Anambra high on sports activities, but regretted the impact of COVID-19, which negatively affected the sports calendar. YAYA