GEJ’s N9.2b stoves send Judokas out of Abuja Stadium
The Nigeria Judo Federation (NJF) has been forced to move their trials ahead of the Congo 2015 All Africa Games out of Velodrome of the Abuja National Stadium, following the decision by the Presidency to dump the over 132,000 stoves earlier purchased by former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration for distribution to Nigerians, at the premises.
The Judo Federation, which stormed the Velodrome with its athletes and officials to begin trials for the All Africa Games, were disappointed as they could not have access to the venue, which has been taken over by the abandoned stoves
The cooking stoves numbering over 132,000 were kept at the venue ahead of its distributions to some Nigerians by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government before a disagreement erupted between the supervising ministry and the contractor.
The Presidency, under Dr. Jonathan, had planned to distribute the stoves to a certain section of the country to curb the increasing deforestation, which it noted, was caused by the indiscriminate cutting of trees and logging for firewood. But it could not carry out the distribution due to the alleged misunderstanding between the Ministry of Environment and the contractors.
The Guardian learnt yesterday that the development compelled the National Sports Commission (NSC) to move the Judokas, Taekwondoists and Karatekas to the gymnasium at the Package B section of the stadium for their trials, which is expected to produce athletes that will represent Team Nigeria in the All Africa Games holding in Congo Brazzaville in September.
A source in the NSC hinted yesterday that a meeting between its Director General, Alhassan Yakmut and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment on the matter was deadlocked yesterday.
The Guardian also gathered that NSC has concluded plans to move the camping of the athletes for the various sports to Ibadan instead of Abuja, where it was originally planned to hold.