Niger State Governor Umaru Bago has directed that Bako Kontagora Stadium be shuttered immediately and refurbished in conformity with Nigeria Football Federation norms.

Malam Danjuma Mansu, a member of the rebuilding committee, confirmed this to reporters in Minna.

He claimed that the modifications and shutdown would take six weeks, after which NFF inspectors would review them and Niger Tornadoes FC would be able to resume home games.

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“For the past five years now, the Niger Tornadoes team has been playing their matches outside the state; now we want to avoid the stress they go through traveling outside the state to play.

“This will also reduce cost and risk, especially for people that travel with the team to watch them play as the governor believes that is the ideal thing to do,” he said.

Mr. Abubakar Sadiq, the governor’s deputy chief of staff, he alleged, was in charge of the renovation committee.

According to Mansu, the committee included the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Sports Development and the Chairman of the State Revenue Board.

He says that the upgrades satisfy the governor’s campaign promises to appease the public’s yearning to see the team play at home.

He indicated that the N40 million cost of upkeep would serve as a contingency plan till the ongoing building of the new stadium was completed.