Assistant Youth and Sports Minister, Murvee Gray, has called on the Senate Standing Committee on Youth and Sports in the 53rd Liberian Legislature to increase the ministry’s budget.
Mr. Gray said more funding is needed to empower the ministry to protect its 50 acres of land in Grand Cape Mount County intended to construct a sports academy.
In an interview at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia over the weekend, he said with more support, the ministry will be able to secure the land by clearing and fencing it to keep away would-be encroachers.
The Assistant Youth and Sports Minister recalled that in 2009, the ministry negotiated and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the citizens of Latia, Grand Cape Mount County for the acquisition of 50 areas of land for the construction of a national sports academy.
According to him, six years after, nothing has been done on said parcel of land, cautioning, “If we cannot do something on that land, we will definitely lose it.” Gray continued that in line with the agreement with the people of Latia, after 15 years and nothing is done on it, the land will be taken back.
He said it is based on such understanding the ministry seeks increased support thru the House of Representatives Committee on Sports to do something on the land in the development of sports in Liberia.
Gray called on Senator George M. Weah, chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports, and members of the committee, including Senators Morris Saytumah, Commany Wesseh, Gblabeh-bo Brown, Daniel Nathan, and others to help support the initiative for the good of the country.
He said when constructed, the academy will host varieties of sports besides dormitories and a school building. By Sally Gaye – Editing by Jonathan Browne