THE zero budget Youth and Sports Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung said his ministry ran in 2016 may have caused the Facilities Department which duty, it is to keep the environment and structures in the Abuja National Stadium and other Stadia in the country unable to perform its duties. 

As a result, the Abuja National Stadium, which hosted the 2003 All Africa Games and described as one of the best in the continent and the world, has become a ghost of itself with dangerous reptiles and weed taken over the whole premises. 

Abuja stadium taken over by weed, reptiles. Consequently the ministry staff whose offices are inside the stadium have abandoned their offices for fear of being bitten by snakes and scorpions which crawl all over the premises and sneak into the offices.

 A concerned staff of one of the sports federations at the Package B of the Abuja Stadium who pleaded anonymity said because of snakes and scorpions, workers are afraid to make use of their offices or the Board rooms for meetings. 

“The whole premises have been overtaken by weed and as a result, snakes and scorpions crawl everywhere and even enters the various offices and boardrooms. Nobody wants to be bitten by a snake or scorpion so most of us just come and hang around a little and leave,”he said.