The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Sir Monday Uko has denied allegations that the state government is frustrating Vandrezzer FC by denying them full control of the Ikot Ekpene Township Stadium.
The Athletic NG reliably reported on Saturday following information from the media department of the club that the State Government has turned down their request to lease the stadium till 2025, which will give the club full control of the facility.
The report also stated that the Sports Commissioner in a meeting with the management of Vandrezzer FC said the stadium will be used by state-owned teams who are playing in the Nigeria National League and also stated that the stadium will be used for “political rallies.”
Speaking at the finals Prince Ukeme Ukpong Unity Cup in his home town on Sunday, Uko said there is no “iota of truth” from the reports.
“There is no iota of truth whatsoever,” Uko said. “We’ve given Ikot Ekpene Stadium to Vandrezzer FC, up till this moment that I am talking to you, nobody has withdrawn that right we gave them to continue to play in Ikot Ekpene Township Stadium.”
Sir Monday Uko also said the stadium at Ikot Ekpene was given to Vandrezzer FC for free while reiterating that the Akwa Ibom state government does not prevent private investors from investing in the state.
“This state has well over seven professional teams, including individuals who are also investing, so I don’t see any reason why the same team we gave Ikot Ekpene Stadium without the state government taking a dime from them will come out to say that the state government is sending them away.
“Let me also believe that information is not coming from Vandrezzer FC, let us just believe that some other person stand somewhere and decided to be mischievous in this 2021. We pray God to forgive whosoever did that and I want to put it on record that the Akwa Ibom State government does not stop any private investor from investing in the State.
“Ikot Ekpene as a local government am told adopted Vandrezzer FC as their own team, that shows that we love our people investing in the state,” Uko concluded.
Club sources have confirmed to The Athletic NG that Vandrezzer FC is in talks with Rivers State government to take over the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt and are also in talks with the Lagos State Government for a possible relocation to Nigeria’s most populated state.
Discussions with Rivers State are believed to be in the advance state, with the club scheduled to release an official statement in the coming days.
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