Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has opened six viewing centres for Lagos residents to watch live football actions from the ongoing Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The sports-loving governor also provided security, traffic control and general sanitation at the viewing centres.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ambode equally provided a public liability insurance cover for the six centres for the period of the World Cup.
The viewing centres are located at: Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Campos Mini Stadium, Lagos Island; Abesan Estate, Alimosho; Naval Yard Ajegunle; Bishop Aggrey School, Mushin, and Epe Recreation Centre.
Titi Oshodi, the Head of Public Relations, Lagos State Sports Commission, who made the disclosure on Friday, said that all the necessary backups were provided to make the centres safe.
Oshodi said that the public viewing centres would be open for all the matches of the World Cup.
He said: “The viewing centres were opened to fans on Day One of the Coupe de Mundial on June 14 for the opening ceremony as well as the opening match between the host, Russia, and Saudi Arabia.
She said: “The centres will run until the end of the World Cup on July 15.
“The Executive Chairman of the LSSC, Dr Kweku Adedayo Tandoh, gave the assurance that entry into the viewing centres was free.
“The government has made adequate provisions for medical coverage, security, traffic control and general sanitation at all the viewing centres.
“Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who is a member of the Federal Government’s delegation to the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup, wants Lagos resident to have a feel of football actions in the ongoing World Cup.
“He believes the viewing centres will also serve as fun and relaxation spots for the residents.”