The Ministry of Youth and Sports has been asked to set up an interim body to run the Liberia Basketball Federation.
First division club, Flames’ president Calvin Diggs told the Daily Observer yesterday in an interview in Monrovia that the Ministry cannot allow basketball to wait forever and must to bring sanity into its leadership.
“We raised legitimate concerns with the ministry on the outgoing leadership of Mr. Rufus Anderson,” Diggs said, “therefore for a way forward; I’m suggesting an interim body.”
He said while the leadership crisis has crippled Liberian basketball, the outgoing leadership continues to rent the Sports Commission, “and we don’t know what happens to the money.”
“Last Monday Champions Design rented the Sports Commission for UAD600,” Diggs told the Daily Observer, “when enquiries were made, Executive Committee member Denis Hubbard (Shakara) informed Edwin Fahnbulleh that no amount was charged.”
Diggs said Fahnbulleh, president of First Division Presidents Association, managed to get the receipt of the money paid for renting the Sports Commission.
A source close to Mr. Hubbard said he is angry at the manner aggrieved stakeholders want to change LBF leadership.
“We must change leadership through the ballot,” Hubbard has always maintained, though he is unwilling to examine financial issues raised by the aggrieved stakeholders.
Meanwhile, Diggs noted that on May 29th, another Musical Show will perform at the Sports Commission, and with the leadership problems, he wants proper accountability.
“We cannot be struggling for better leadership for basketball while Sports Commission is rented without proper accountability,” Diggs said.
Diggs suggested that the interim administration should not include any of the contending parties.
Last week, outgoing President Rufus Anderson, who is seeking re-election, rejected any interim administration, requesting for an inclusive leadership, instead.
Anderson’s administration has been accused of financial improprieties and on at least four occasions, attempts to organize a congress and elections failed.
A copy of a financial statement from the Ministry of Youth and Sports reports that in the 2014/15 fiscal period, USD 85,000.00 was released to Anderson’s administration but a financial report submitted for its abortive congress indicated USD70, 000.00.
Anderson has remained mute on the whereabouts of the USD15, 000.00, as well as questionable transactions surrounding another USD15, 000.00 that was used to host FIBA Tournament in Monrovia.
Though the Ministry of Youth and Sports has supervisory role in all sports development in the country, the ministry seems to drag its feet to reinforce its statutory mandate.
“I’m sure that the LACC has seen some of these reports about the alleged impropriety,” an aggrieved stakeholder told the Daily Observer, “why are they not asking questions?”
Perhaps asking questions could pull rope which could also pull out something else,” a basketball fan told the Daily Observer.