President Goodluck Jonathan (GCFR) yesterday said the new headquarters for the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) would be the catalyst that will move Nigerian football to a higher pedestal.
He praised the prudence of the Governor Amaechi and Patrick Ekeji-led Presidential Task Force (PTF) in the vision to build a befitting football house for Nigeria.
The building, which was named after Dankaro- a former NFA chairman between 1974 and 1980, has 27 office rooms, a penthouse for NFF President, Aminu Maigari, 110 car parking lots, 4 conference halls and 2 sub-committee rooms; a central reception and waiting lounge for visitors built at the cost of N336,321,111.00 by the PTF on Super Eagles qualification for the 2014 Brazil World Cup.
Dankaro is credited to be the man who ensured the then Green Eagles clinch its first African Cup of Nations title in 1980.
Represented by the Vice-President, Architect Muhammed Namadi Sambo commended Governor Chibuike Amaechi-led task force for their foresight in conceiving the idea and their financial prudence in ensuring the gorgeous football house came to its successful completion.
He said: “The PTF in submitting their report on Nigeria’s participation at the 2010 World Cup held in South Africa, sought the President’s approval to utilise the balance of the funds generated from private sector to build a befitting headquarters for Nigeria football.
“I commend them not only for their foresight in conceiving this idea but also their commitment and sincerity. I strongly believe this project will serve as catalysts for our sports development,” said Namadi.