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Obasanjo opens Abuja Stadium today

By Ademola Olajire, Abuja
Tuesday, April 08, 2003

TENS of billions of naira and 31 months after its foundation laying ceremony, the National Stadium Complex, Abuja, will today be commissioned by President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Activities for the opening ceremony hit a crescendo yesterday in the federal capital as residents scampered round the two offices of the organizing committee, COJA, to pick up tickets for the opening, which ceremony begins at 3pm today.

Things were somewhat chaotic at the Aminu Kano Crescent office where motor-bike riders and other transport operators tore down the front fence and forced open the front gate in desperate efforts to gain entry, before top officials called in mobile policemen to check the human traffic wave.

“If you people comport yourselves and observe orderliness, everyone will eventually get a ticket to enter”, COJA executive director, Dr. Amos Adamu, told ticket-seekers at the new office of the organizing body on Kur Mohammed Street.

South African loud singer, Brenda Fassie, arrived in Abuja on Sunday and will be joined in the entertainment train by leading Nigerian musicians, Shina Peters and Daddy Showkey, at the main-bowl of the multi-million dollar edifice this afternoon.

The Dan Ngerem-led Athletics Federation of Nigeria is laying on a relay event that will see athletes from three West African countries join their Nigerian counterparts in an invitational race to lighten up the mood of guests and spectators.

Though plans to get the Ghanaian Black Stars to come and tackle the Super Eagles in a football game did not materialize, a match between Ibadan-based Shooting Stars and Premier League side Sunshine Stars of Akure begins at 8pm, to be played under floodlight.



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