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Liberia, China sign US$16m stadium renewal agreement

By Kolubah Zayzay
The  Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) Sports Complex
The Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) Sports Complex

(’s biggest sporting arena, the Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) Sports Complex in Paynesville will soon undergo renovation again.

The agreement comes six years after it was refurbished immediately following the civil crisis.

The agreement to renovate the SKD Complex was signed at the week-end between the Liberian Government and the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

The PRC Government, according to the agreement, will provide more than US$16m to give the complex a face-lift.

A Chinese delegation, head by its technical Team Senior Engineer, Yi Xuebo, represented the PRC Government at the signing ceremony.

Mr. Yi said: “The renovation will target the complex’s playing pitch, entire track, tennis court, practice ground, score board and other technical works.”

“The US$16m, representing a part of China Aid to Liberia, could increase a little after the design work is completed,” Mr. Yi noted.

Signing for Liberia, Youth and Sports Minister, Eugene Nagbe, commended the PRC Government for its continued support to the recovery process of the country.

“This is not the first time the Chinese Government has aided Liberia in the area of Youth and Sports.

Currently, there is an ongoing construction of a new Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC), also being done by them,” Mr. Nagbe added.

It can be recalled that six years ago, a little over US$10m was spent on the renovation of the SKD Sports Complex.

But the renewal exercise carried out on the structure then did not include the score board, tennis court, practice ground, among other areas that should formed part of the sports complex.


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