Cutting corners during construction works is never a right choice as the aftermath can be very devastating sooner or later.

Reports indicate that residents of the popular Nnebisi and commuters plying the road narrowly escaped death on Monday, after the electric scoreboard at the newly commissioned Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Delta State, collapsed.

It is understood that the scoreboard collapsed as a result of a heavy wind.

Members of staff, including others who came for training at the stadium, were seen scampering for safety.

According to a report on Sahara Reporters, a staff who witnessed the incident, but preferred not to be named, said: "So many people would have been dead by now if an event was going on in the stadium. The collapsed scoreboard fell on top of some buildings used as restaurants, where people normally eat at night.

Stephen Keshi Stadium

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"I witnessed the collapse of the electric scoreboard and I thank God that it did not fall towards the main road or on houses around the stadium. I weep for Delta State and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, as he has a penchant for awarding contracts running into millions of Naira to incompetent persons.

" I can confirm to you that all the materials used in the stadium are substandard. Okowa is losing it seriously. He is busy procuring media awards from media houses across board in Nigeria.

"The stadium was a multi-billion-naira contract awarded to Solomon Ogba, a former President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and LOC chairman, 'Asaba 2018' but could not be done to a standard. All what the Governor does is to use contracts to do ‘saraka’ for his stooge and cronies. Okowa government na padi padi and food-for-the-boys government.”

It was gathered that the scoreboard was uprooted from its base by the wind and collapsed into structures, damaging some parts of the stadium.

It is yet to be seen if the Stephen Keshi stadium will be used for the upcoming Super Eagles’ games against Seychelles and Egypt.

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