TORRENTIAL RAIN STORM PUTS ATS RENOVATION IN JEOPARDY
- Written by Danesius Marteh, firstname.lastname@example.org; Martina Brooks, email@example.com
- Published: 04 October 2015
Monrovia - Saturday’s torrential rainfall, marred by heavy storm, has put the ongoing renovation of the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) into further jeopardy. The ATS, which has been undergoing its fifth renovation in two years since March, hosts the first leg 2018 World Cup qualifier between Liberia and Guinea Bissau.
But the heavy storm has left the VIP and around VIP sections, including the conference room, in a pool of water thereby casting doubt over the suitability of holding spectators with the stadium wings uncovered.
The roof of the Nicom building also collapsed as LFA President Musa Bility and some executive committee members, who had just completed an extraordinary session at the PA’s Rib house, toured the stadium.
The Musons Group Incorporated (MGI), located in the Rose Garden Plaza, have been renovating the ATS at a cost of US$500,000 without any bidding in violation of the threshold set by the Public Procurement and Concession Commission’s Regulation #003 on the schedule of thresholds.
But MGI chief executive officer and President Joe Mulbah (no relation to deceased University of Liberia mass communications department chairman Joe Mulbah) has told FrontPageAfrica that it will require at least US$1 million to meet the internationally-accepted standard approved by FIFA. Mulbah has, however, failed to give a copy of the contract to our reporter, referring him to Bility, who has also referred him to MGI for all and any inquiries relating to the renovation. There will be details in our subsequent publications ahead of the match.