The Native of Cross River State seems to have gone broke as he was seen filling up potholes in Ajah area of Lagos.
According to the CrossRiver Watch, it was gathered that Mr Bassey hoped that motorists would bless him with some cash as they passed by him.
Bassey was part of the Weightlifting team that represented Nigeria at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He was in the 110 weight category (Super Heavyweight).
And just as destiny would smile at him again after his winning days as an Olympian, the Efik Leadership Foundation in a promotional statement signed by the Chairman, Board of Trustees, Richard Duke and posted on Gofundme website said the foundation aimed at taking Mr Bassey off the scorching sun and rehabilitate him.
The statement reads
“Bassey Ironbar needs our financial support. Bassey Ironbar was part of the famous Weightlifting team that represented Nigeria at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angele. He was in the 110 weight class (Super Heavyweight).
‘We all remember his fatal attempt at the clean and jerk where he snapped his leg and had to abandon his Olympic dreams and also the hopes of a nation that was looking up to Bassey Ironbar and his teammate Oliver Orok for any medal in that event.
“Prior to the 1984 Olympics Games, Bassey had also won a Bronze Medal at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia.
“Fast forward to 2017. Life hasn’t been too kind to Bassey. Bassey has been busy volunteering from 5.00am to 6.00pm every day as a Construction Worker on the streets of Ajah in Lagos helping to repair the potholes on the roads and fixing the gutters by himself without any main source of income as shown in this video on YouTube.
“We at the Efik Leadership Foundation contacted Bassey Ironbar yesterday 08/10/2017 where he decried his plight. Bassey is our Olympic hero.
“We intend to support Bassey to get him back on his feet financially. We intend to raise funds to help pay house-rent for Bassey; procure household items, and to help him with sustainable income with a view to taking up a permanent trade (through skill acquisition training).
“We are looking at a 4 to 6-week time frame to raise the funds.
“It would mean a lot to all of us Nigerians to get Bassey our ex-Olympian off the streets under the scorching sun and rehabilitate him. Thank you very much for all your anticipated help and support”.
As at press time, over 50 British Pounds had been donated.