Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has confirmed that the Real Madrid Football Academy in the state would be completed in August 2020.
Wike in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, said he would enable the academy to begin full activities in September.
The governor said the new deadline was following the contractors’ claims that 28 days were lost on the project due to COVID-19 pandemic.
He extended the completion date when he visited the site of the Academy at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Elekahia, Port Harcourt, to ascertain the level of work.
Wike said the academy would become operational in September when the new academic session is expected to begin.
He emphasised that the contractors would have no reason to delay completion of the project beyond August 2020 as the state government would fulfil its financial obligation.
The Rivers governor noted that the pitches and the administrative offices were ready but that the academy could not commence activities without hostels and the classrooms.