Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said the safety of whoever will participate and visit the State for the Under-20 Women World Cup in 2020, is guaranteed.
Sanwo revealed that he will do all he can to enhance all sporting facilities already inspected by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) committee to make those participating feel comfortable throughout the competition.
He said he was pleased that Lagos was picked as the host city.
His words, “Lagos is a whole lot of energy, with a lot of very resourceful, hospitable and dynamic people, who understand and appreciate the issues around hospitality. It is a State with population that has a lot of diversity. We are very excited that FIFA is considering hosting one of its very important tournaments, U-20 Women World Cup, in Nigeria. By implication, Lagos is one of the host cities of this fiesta.
“We understand there will be a few concerns. As a government, we will give our assurances on all things required to make the event successful. We will ensure adequate security for all participants. We will also be supporting NFF and FIFA to ensure seamless transportation, accommodation and crowd management. We will do whatever would create an enduring experience for the visitors coming to the FIFA events.”
“For us, we will use sport as an engaging tool to create opportunity for young people to see a growth in their career path and we have started to push this agenda through our sport commission. We are using sport as a corrective narrative; an enabler that will make our youths see brighter tomorrow.”
Amaju Pinnick also said, “Hosting the competition is very good for Nigeria. Members of our women football teams have displayed level of discipline, maturity and patriotism. We believe we should accord them respect they deserve by ensuring that the tournament is successfully hosted. “For the first time in Africa, we are hosting an U-20 Women World Cup. But, Lagos State is not new to hosting tournament. During inspection, the FIFA team was able to understand Lagos is ever ready for this kind of event. We are happy the forthcoming tournament will be taking place in Lagos.”