Gov. Emeka Ihedioha.
“How can a government whose priority issues in the state for now, should be payment of pensions, salaries, and rehabilitation of road for easy movement be planning to build 27 stadiums across the state,?” an Owerri-based lawyer, Emperor Iwuala wondered on Tuesday.

There have been media reports that Gov. Emeka Ihedioha recently announced plans to build 27 stadiums in Imo to boost sporting activities.

The legal practitioner faulted the plans which he considered an unproductive venture.

According to him, the plan to build a stadium each in every local government area would be a misplaced priority; and advised Governor Emeka Ihedioha to rather channel the state’s funds toward upgrading the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri, the state capital.

He said that though sports development was good, ideas geared toward the direction should be well thought out to avoid misplacement of priorities.

“The governor should analyse well before embarking on such a project; if he thinks it is a priority, he should upgrade the Dan Anyiam Stadium. He should equip the stadium and install both floodlights and colorful scoreboards,” he said.

He noted that since Imo lacks maintenance culture, hence, building such stadiums in all the local government will not be meaningful to the state. He urged the governor to invest in security, healthcare delivery and power supply to boost investment.

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