Residents of Kuje, a satellite town in the FCT have raised alarm over the critical state of the abandoned Kuje Mini Stadium. The Stadium which was constructed during the Goodluck Jonathan-led administration has been turned into a dumpsite by people living in the area.
According to concerned Nugerians, who barred their minds on the situation while speaking to LEADERSHIP Sports said some of the residents of the area began to use the place as a dump site when they discovered that the project has been abandoned by the contractor.
The absence of guards to ensure the security of the facility compounded the situation.
Mr. Mathew Jaba, a football coach whose team, Lucky Stars use the stadium for their matches and training, said Englishmission from the dump site constitute serious health hazard.
“People who live in this area and incidentally, they are the ones dumping the refuse are vulnerable to ailments like cholera, diarrhea and respiratory infections. They better do something about it,” he warned.
Also, Pastor Lucas said the proprietress of Empereal International Academy has been making efforts to stop people from dumping refuse around the stadium because the place is very close to the school.
“The presence of a refuse dump site like this endangers life and the earlier they put a stop to it, the better for all of us”. he said:
In her own account, a woman who use to sell roasted corn and groundnut at the Stadium entrance, Anna Adamu, said she had to relocate because apart from the eyesore, the stench coming out from the refuse dump was becoming unbearable.
“I live in this area and I use to sell roasted corn and groundnut at the gate. But after some time, they turned the place to a refuse dump. There is nothing a poor man can do to stop them because the people here are wealthy and educated.
So I move to another place,” she stated.
Another respondent who pleaded anonymity corroborated her story but wondered who’s responsibility it was to clear the refuse and safe guard the area.
According to him, the contract was awarded by the FCT administration and on Kuje soil.
“What I cannot say is who should be held responsible for this ugly tread? Is it the Kuje Area council or the FCT administration that failed to complete the contract?”
Efforts to see the response of the Kuje Area council proved abortive.
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