He said that the rehabilitation work will include facilities such as car park, swimming pool, the stadium main pitch and it facilities, the basket and volley ball courts, the hostels and the practicing field.
Mr. Khanou further disclosed that the additional portion of land which has not been in good use will be used for the purpose of beach sport especially for volley ball and soccer.
He reminded the press that the Siaka Stevens Stadium was built for over 30 years and has been over used for a number of national activities ranging from economic trade fair, political rallies among others. He added that he is using this opportunity to reposition the stadium for onward competitions in 2017.
The Sport Minister disclosed that six containers load of material are on the high sea to Freetown from China, adding that these six containers include two generator sets, a multiple use digital Score Board System and over 2900 seats for the Presidential Pavilion.
Mr. Khanou said they have issued out notices to all residents within the facilities to vacate the facility before the 15th December 2016, with adequate plans to help them relocate.
In a similar development, the Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hadiru Kalokoh informed journalists about the amalgamation of chiefdoms at the Ministry’s weekly press conference.
He said the reason for the amalgamation aimed at restoring peace and unity in the affected chiefdoms.
Mr. Kalokoh said that chiefdoms that are amalgamated have been facing problems with each other and the problem he said started during the colonial era.
The amalgamation he said was done by the British Colonial Administration without much consultation with the people in the chiefdoms, taking into account their cultural and ethnic background.
He mentioned that they started addressing the problems between chiefdoms in 2009 by introducing the Chieftaincy Act 2009 especially when they realized that one of the problems was that the bigger towns do not give the smaller parts of the amalgams the opportunity to have their turn to rule.
Mr. Kalokoh said that the 2010 policy guideline would help them to amalgamate a chiefdom ensure that peace, stability and social harmony prevails in the chiefdoms, disclosing that they have identified 49 amalgamated chiefdoms of the 149 chiefdoms and 41 out of which meet the criteria to be independent.