The Vice President of Sierra Leone, Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh visited the National Stadium on Tuesday, September 19 where he monitored renovation works.
The ongoing refurbishment of the National Stadium was funded by the Government of the People’s Republic of China with a Grant of USD$40 million and the work was supervised and run by the Chinese government.
The ongoing refurbishment includes the restoration, reinforcement and redecoration of the stadium bowl, the pitch, practice field with artificial turf and pavilion, the swimming pool and its ancillary facilities, the renovation of the athletics track, hostel, Tennis, Basketball and Volleyball courts.
The Vice President stated he was satisfied with the progress of the project and enjoyed meeting the enthusiastic construction team.
The visit by Jalloh is to accelerate the completion of the project.
The Vice President was accompanied by other colleagues including the Minister of Sports, Deputy Minister of Sports, SLFA officials and the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China.
The project is expected to be completed next year.
The Vice President shared on his X account his experience saying, “I visited the Sierra Leone National Stadium to check up on the ongoing renovation in the company of the Minister of Sports, Deputy Minister of Sports, Deputy Minister of Information and Civic Education, Sierra Leone Football Association officials and the Chinese Ambassador. The stadium is a significant asset to Freetown, not only for sports like football but also for its socioeconomic impact such as job creation, employment and the several small businesses surrounding the venue. I am satisfied with the progress of the project, and enjoyed meeting the enthusiastic construction team. According to the site engineer, the high-quality materials used meet international standards and we can expect the stadium to be completed by mid-2024.”