– MYS Ministers-designate Disclose
In an effort to develop and promote sports across the country under the President George M. Weah-led government, Youth and Sports Minister-designate Zoegar Wilson says he would propose a ‘Sports Development Tax.’
The former national soccer team – Lone Star – goalkeeper said if confirmed, and the ‘Sports Development Tax’ is approved, a lot of sporting infrastructure will be constructed in the 15 political subdivisions.
He also told the Senate Committee on Youth and Sports that while sports is one of the components of the ministry, youth development and vocational training are two driving forces behind the ministry.
For his part, Deputy Sports Minister-designate G. Andy Quamie said that there can be a guarantee in sports development if President Weah, the 1995 FIFA World Best Player, could call on “Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG, and other teams” to assist the country.
The two Youth and Sports Ministers-designate made the declaration on Tuesday, February 6, during their respective confirmation hearings at the Joint Chambers of the Legislature at the Capitol Building.
The Deputy Minister-designate said if confirmed, he would focus on inter-school competitions and grassroots programs, and will intervene in the six-year old leadership crisis plaguing the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA).
He also said if confirmed he would mobilize for the erection of a recreation center and ensure help and promote the 16 sporting disciplines.
As it relates to the 2017/2018 County Meet, the Deputy Sports Minister-designate said: “The resumption of the County Sports Meet might be or not be possible.”
Minister-designate Wilson will replace Minister Saah Charles N’tow and Deputy Minister for Sports-designate G. Andy Quamie will replace Henry Yonton.
Wilson was Assistant Minister for Sports, 1996 – 2000. He earned a BSc in Economics from the University of Liberia and a Master’s in Information Management from the Holy Family University in the United States.