President Koroma Unveils Bo Stadium [press release]

By State House Communications Unit

His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma has on Friday 25th April 2014 officially commissioned the first ever new municipal stadium for Bo at a ceremony held along the Kenema highway, Bo.

In a remark before declaring the stadium opened, President Koroma said the construction of a stadium in Bo is in fulfilment of a promise he made whilst addressing parliament, on state opening, few years ago, and it is also as a result of the g mutual ties between both countries which is why they continue to enjoy a win-win benefits.

President Koroma registered his profound gratitude and appreciations to the government and people of the Peoples Republic of China for their continuous developmental support to Sierra Leone by the Chinese government.

He described sports as one of the major tools for human development especially youths as it help in disciplining of the human character itself.

President Koroma encouraged youngsters to develop their minds and attitudes towards result oriented sporting disciplines, and work hard as prosperity does not come by easily.

He said the maintenance and management of the stadium is left with the people of Bo and appealed to the private sector to partner with government and make the necessary intervention for effective utilization of the facility.

“If well looked after, the stadium will bring pride to Bo and help develop talents that will make Sierra Leone and Bo in general be very proud,” observed President Koroma.

On the breakdown of solar street lights early raised by Paramount Chief Prince Lappia Boima, President Koroma said the issue is not unique to Bo alone, but also other parts of the country and the Ministry of Energy is trying to repair sola street lights across the board.

Chairman of the ceremony Minister of State South, Hon. Muctarr Conteh said though built in Bo, yet the stadium remains the property of the government and people of Sierra Leone.

Early in his welcome address, Paramount Chief Prince Lappia Boima of Kakowa Chiefdom vowed to offer more land for development, recalling when the request was made a piece of land for the construction of a stadium most people frowned at it.

PC Boima said the stadium is not the only thing that Bo needs and therefore called on the President Koroma to rehabilitate the Jerehun road which is the shortest way to the stadium, whilst complaining about the problems with solar street lights.

Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Sierra Leone, H.E Zhao Yanbo said the Bo stadium is another sport complex after the national stadium in Freetown and it is a new community centre for public gathering and all sports meets.

Ambassador Yanbo expressed delight for the construction of an ultra modern sports complex and wholeheartedly wished the government and people of Sierra Leone a happy 53rd Independence anniversary.

The Chinese envoy said China and Sierra Leone have deep relation that has over the years brought both countries closed to each other and announced the opening of the GraftonRegent road on the eve of the country’s 53rd Independence anniversary celebration.

Ambassador Yanbo further promised to bring more Chinese investments to Sierra Leone.

Minister of Sports, Paul Kamara said it is because of the great relationship between the People’s Republic of China and Sierra Leone that has brought so many fruitful gains to both countries.

Kamara disclosed that the President Koroma wants to use sports unite the country pointing out that there are still divisions in the country as Sierra Leoneans are fragmented into small sects in all shades of the society, with black and white clans even at places of work.

Source : Sierra Leone Government