29th September, 2010
The Director General of National Sports Commission, Patrick Ekeji has insisted that it isÂ mandatory for athletes to pay the sum of N100 before they can use the facilities at theÂ National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
Ekeji disclosed that athletes all over the world pay a certain amount of money beforeÂ they use the stadium facilities for training.
He stated that there is nothing wrong if Nigerian athletes are to pay a fee for usingÂ sporting facilities, adding that their money will be used to maintain the facilities atÂ the Sports city.
â€œThere is no going back on our decision. We are not exploiting our athletes. What we areÂ saying is that we need to maintain the facilities at the stadium and generate internalÂ revenue for the government. This case is not particular to Nigeria alone, as countriesÂ all over the world do the same thing. I think our athletes and the public have toÂ understand the situation of thin,â€ he said.