The National Stadium the only standard Stadium in the country will be 30 years on April 19 this year.
Alfred Kaprie Koroma a supervisor and also in charge of technical system in the Stadium disclosed that the stadium was officially opened on April 19, 1979.
Kaprie said that he was part of the team that demolished the former stadium which was referred to as ‘Recri’ and construction of the National Stadium started in February 1975 and ended on April 1979.
He also stated that since the construction of the National Stadium only three renovation works have been done so far with the Chinese team with them providing the materials for the renovation work by then.
He described the National Stadium as very strong with over 15 to 20 years more of existence and they only need to do some renovation which includes painting and cementing some of the walls where some of the cement has been removed.
He also said that this particular renovation work will be done when the funds are available as the Stadium Management has to find the funding for this particular renovation work.
He also disclosed that some of the lapses at the National Stadium during his 30 years working at the Stadium are the changing of Management which always affects their work.
As a new management comes onboard they make some workers redundant as they say they cannot afford the money to pay some of them. During that period he said workers could receive their salaries on time and it affected work at the stadium as the workers were not happy with the management by then.
He mentioned that the present management is the only one that pays its workers on time and they are always happy to come to work and perform their duties.
Kaprie further stated he is the only one left from those who started working at the stadium, adding that some had died while others left for other jobs.