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    Nigerian Heads of State General Yakubu Gowon on Monday (4th December) opened Nigeria's six million pound sterling national stadium in Lagos.

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    Nigerian Heads of State General Yakubu Gowon on Monday (4th December) opened Nigeria's six million pound sterling national stadium in Lagos.

    A crowd of ten thousand filled the imposing bowl-shaped stadium to hear General Gowon's address, in which he promised that Nigeria would no longer be content to merely participate in international sporting events."We are in a world of competition and co-operation", he added, and stressed that victories in these international events would help to bring much prestige to Nigeria.

    After the speech General Gowon, assisted by his wife Mrs. Victoria Gowon and the Federal Commissioner for Works and Housing Mr. Femi Okunnu, cut the tape and formally declared the stadium open.

    The Main Arena consists of Olympic standard athletic tracks for all field and track events, seating for 60,000 people, and a football field. Among its special features are an electronic scoreboard, modern television and press box, automatic timing devices and a synthetic athletics track donated by the government of West Germany. Also in the stadium complex are an Olympic-standard swimming pool and an all-purpose indoor sports hall.

    SYNOPSIS: In Lagos on Monday, a crowd of ten thousand Nigerians sat for the first time in their new national stadium. They were waiting for the arrival of Nigerian Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, who was to open the new sporting complex, General Gowon was greeted by officials from the federal departments responsible for the completion of the six million pound arena. Among the reception committee was the Works and Housing Commissioner for Labour and Information, Chief Anthony Enaharo.

    The national stadium is filled with the most modern equipment...electronic scoreboards and timing devices, closed-circuit television and photo-finish cameras, even a new synthetic running-track...all go towards making the Lagos stadium one of the best in the world. After formally opening the stadium, General Gowon told the crowd that Nigeria now had a chance to bring more of its athletes up to Olympic standards. If full use was made of the stadium and its equipment, he said, Nigeria would soon be winning many international events.

    These victories, he continued, would bring prestige and goodwill to Nigeria.

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