The lack of use and maintenance of the swimming pools at Package B of the Abuja National Stadium has seen the facility turn to a breeding pond for tadpoles, fish-lings and frogs.

Some of the tiles inside the warm up pool have come off and covered with algae.

After over two years as Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung has finally found it necessary to address the lack of maintenance and under-utilization of the swimming pools.

The Minister paid an unscheduled visit to the swimming pool section of the Stadium on Tuesday and expressed displeasure with the lack of use of the pool and decried its present state.

Dalung queried why the pool was left in its present state after so much money was spent to construct the facility.

"I understand that since 2003 when this swimming pool was built, it has not been used for any competition. Why has this government facility been left to deteriorate to this level after 15 years of building it?" the Minister queried.

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In his response, the Deputy Director of facilities at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Gambo Ahmadu explained that there were no competitions and therefore no swimmers to make use of the pool.

Gambo also stated that new pumping machines and treatment chemicals were needed to change the water and make it functional.

"We need filters, additives and pumping machines to get the pool back in good condition but the problem is that there are no athletes to make use of the facility."

The Minister however requested for a budget to put the facility back in use to be sent to him in the next 48 hours.

He also inspected the offices and charged them to keep it clean.

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