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Stadium GM calls for bailout

Jun 7, 2012, 2:46 PM | Article By: Adama K. Jallow

The general manager of the Independence Stadium, Ebou Faye, has called for a bailout to develop the national stadium.

In an exclusive interview with Pointsport on Wednesday at the stadium, Mr Faye said they are working on the standard of the pitch and the general outlook of the stadium.

But they lack adequate financial resources in carrying out proper maintenance, he disclosed, saying they have requested for a bailout from the government to complement their progressive work at the stadium.

The constraints they are facing include technical aspect, he disclosed, saying some of the equipment were Chinese made and need to be replaced, “which cost a lot of money”.

“We are calling for a bailout because we have financial problems, which include the high electricity cost, administrative expenses, and security demand. We therefore need government bailout to stabilize the financial aspect,” Faye said.

The technical aspect will consume time because stabilization needs to take place to generate income, he said, adding that in three years’ time they will achieve their goal.

Their future plans include improving the general standard of the stadium, the stadium manager said.

But Faye mentioned that the PA system at the stadium had a breakdown, whose repairs is significant because it circulates information to the public.

For the scoreboard, a word for its repairs cost had been received from the president, Faye said, adding that the hostel and sanitation needs to be rehabilitated to standardize the stadium.