Renovation work at the Sports Commission, on Broad Street is proceeding gradually but lack of funds will make the project incomplete.
Liberia Basketball Association President Rufus Anderson told the Daily Observer yesterday that the project is being done partially.
“We are replacing a portion of the sitting area with concrete,” he said, “but the top portion will not be done due to inadequate funds.”
Though he was unable to say how much the renovation would cost the LBA, the job is proceeding as expected.
“The breakdown of expenditure is already sent to all clubs,” Anderson said, but explained that he could not say how much the project would cost.
On a projected cost, Anderson could still not come up with a figure, but said, “Go to Samukai he has a copy.”
He was making reference to the owner of K-Delta female basketball team, Mr. Abraham Samukai, who responded to a telephone interview yesterday, “I’m yet to receive a copy of the breakdown of the project.”
A construction worker at the Sports Commission had initially argued that our reporter did not have the authorization to take pictures of the ongoing work at the Sports Commission.
Though he did not say whether his argument was a directive from the Liberia Basketball Association, he still insisted that our reporter needed authorization from the LBA to take pictures of the on-going work.
President Anderson, who was reviewing the project yesterday during the argument, asked our reporter if he had taken any pictures of the ongoing work at the commission. The answer was negative, and our reporter asked him, “How do we get authorization from the LBA to report on the progress of your renovation work here, Mr. Anderson?”
Without providing any verbal answer, he instructed our reporter to go ahead and get the pictures he wanted.
However, he did not educate the construction worker why it was necessary to cooperate with sports writers who would visit the Commission, and wanting to gather information, including pictures for publication.
“That’s strange,” said a bystander who witnessed the exchanges, “at least Anderson should have told the worker that he cannot stop journalists to do their work at public places.”
Perhaps the construction worker’s action stemmed from the current impasse on the leadership of the LBA. Aggrieved basketball owners are at loggerheads with Anderson’s administration and the crisis has been ongoing since 2014.
“Anderson has avoided the media for some time,” said another basketball player who has followed the development of the leadership crisis, “he must have improved relations with the media.”