The Federal Government has approved the conversion of four stadia and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camps to isolation centres to treat patients of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
This was disclosed by Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports, in a Twitter post on Friday.
According to Dare, the stadia are National Stadium, Lagos; Liberty Stadium, Ibadan; Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja; and Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.
“Mr. President has approved for the Ministry of Youth and Sports to open and make available the stadiums in Surulere Lagos, Ibadan, Abuja and Kaduna as well as our NYSC camps nationwide for use as isolation centers as they are needed. We are in touch with relevant authorities.
“We are in this together. And together we shall overcome. I call on the Youth of Nigeria to be at the vanguard of dissemination of timely and accurate information via social media to Nigerians in their communities. We must ratchet up the awareness campaign for our people.
“The government is being proactive. Making available necessary resources and infrastructure in this race against time. Our hope and prayers are that this pandemic will be stopped sooner rather than later.
The minister also stated that the fumigation of facilities and equipment at the various stadia such as the multipurpose sports halls and gymnasiums will “commence shortly”.
He added: “The stadiums are huge complexes with many outdoor and indoor areas. Medical personnel and authorities will determine the appropriate areas of usage if and when necessary.”