The Lagos State Government is build five new stadia in the different divisions of the state in its quest to promote excellence in sports and market the state through sports tourism.

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The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, made the assertion on Wednesday in Lagos while unveiling Lagos as the Host City for Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations 2016.

Ayorinde said that the five stadia were already captured in the state’s 2017 budget proposal.

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He said that Lagos as the Centre of Excellence had been number one in sports and entertainment and believed in using sports to sell the mega city.

Ayorinde said that the government was sponsoring the 2nd Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations, holding from December 13 to December 18 at the Eko Atlantic, because it believed in showcasing not just sports but its tourism potential.

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He noted that two major components had been built into the hosting — sports and tourism, arts and entertainment — to achieve the state’s quest to make Lagos the sports hub in Africa.