There are high hopes that the Real Madrid Football Academy under construction by the Rivers State government will be put to use by January next year.
Addressing journalists after an inspection visit to the site of the academy in Port Harcourt Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Sports, Mr James Enebeli said that construction work at the academy was progressing.
He said since the project was flagged off by CAF president, Ahmad Ahmad, the state governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike had followed through to ensure the commencement of work.
The permanent secretary noted that the sub-structure of the two-story building that will accommodate the administrative block of the academy as well as the sub-structure around the 1500 spectator stand of the academy has been completed.
He said: "We are expecting the completion of this important project by December or January. This is an important project that will be beneficial to the state. Children between 8 and 16 years will be accommodated in this academy. Even the host community will feel the positive impact ".
The project manager, Ramez Resheed assured that the contractors will deliver a quality project.
He noted that all the facilities and personnel needed for the construction have been mobilised to site. He stressed that the last set of components have been ordered from France.
According to him, there will be no stoppage of construction work till the completion of the project.
Wike is constructing the Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt to groom international football stars and empower the youths. As a result, the governor signed a memorandum of understanding with the management of Real Madrid Football Club after meeting top officials during a visit to Madrid.