Minister Summons Contractors on Decaying N280m Abuja Stadium Equipment

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Decaying equipment

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Barrister Solomon Dalung has expressed unhappiness with the state of medical equipment wasting away in different storages at the National Stadium, Abuja.

Barrister Dalung was stunned to find that equipment worth more than N280m, imported sixteen months ago were wasting away at the stadium.

The equipment include HP Cosmos testing treadmill, anti gravity treadmill, body composition analyzers, ice making machines, nebulizers, boxes of PR Power body torso, boxes of dumb bells and dumb bell racks, body sculptors and muscle toners. Other equipment include selector chest press, digital lean machines, steppers, cones, gymnastic mats, etc.

Some of the equipment were said to weigh up to 1000kg.

The minister had demanded an explanation on why all the equipment were unmounted and left to waste.

“Why will the Sports ministry buy such expensive machines and allow it to waste? So you people are now experts in importation and dumping?” The Director, Sports Medicine, Ministry of Sports Dr Abdulkadir Muazu said there was no space to mount such heavy duty equipment.

“This building cannot take the entire equipment when installed and we need the center to be close to the athletes when they need treatment. So it has to be located close to the stadium but we don’t have the space for it. Moreover, the equipment can only be installed by the suppliers and the one year warranty for such services has already elapsed” Muazu explained.

It was also gathered from Dr Muazu who led the inspection tour alongside the Director-General of the ministry,
Mallam Alhassan Yakmut, that that the contractors were given 15percent as mobilization fee with a balance of
85percent to be paid between 8-10 weeks but there was a breach of contract leading to a breach of trust hence their failure to come and install the equipment.

Barrister Dalung then asked for the contractors to see him as soon as possible to state their own side of the issue.

Three contractors, according to Dr Muazu supplied the equipment worth more than N280m. Some of the equipment had already expired as at the time of inspection.

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