By Paul J. Yankey, GNA
June 12, GNA – Mr. Isaac Kwame Asiamah, Minister of Youth and Sports, has said
rehabilitation works at the Essipong Sports Stadium, has been catered for in
the new six-year Ghana Sports Renaissance Plan, to be launched next month.
To this end,
actors in the sports industry were to develop sustainable plan to make the
Essipong Stadium yield the desired impact economically and socially.
Twumasi Director-General of the National Sports Authority (NSA) speaking on
behalf of the Minister, disclosed this at a forum of 120 leading actors in the
sports industry in the Western Region.
the Minister, the plan would lead to the revival of sporting activities at the
Stadium and bring it back to shape since its construction in 2008.
The forum, also
coincided with the inauguration of all 14 District Sports as well as the
Regional Sports Committee by the Regional Minister.
Mr. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, the
Western Regional Minister, in his effort to operationalize 2016 Sports Act 934
and pledged full cooperation of the NSA to achieve the vision of Western Region
Darko-Mensah said the state of Essipong Stadium was a reflection of the current
status of Western Regional Sports economy adding that the operationalizing the
2016 Sports Act 934 in the region provided the structure on which the new
Regional Sports economy could be built.
-Mensah was confident in the new committee which took 21 days to organize the
forum to collate ideas on how to achieve the vision of making the Western
Region, the best in sports in terms of opportunities for talent development and
Arthur Chairman of the Western Regional Sports Committee, said participants
were carefully selected to represent the entire sports economy and were imbued
with experience and expertise to share.
them to accept responsibility for the current state of the Western Regional
Sports Economy as their actions and inactions which had contributed to the
Mr Arthur was
optimistic that participants after the event would have clearer goals and
targets for sport development.
Mr. Rex Danquah
a member of the Sports Policy Review Committee and Consultant for the Sports
Fund, said there was the need for paradigm shift among people involved in sports,
to see it as a business that involved
the players, officials, event organizers, customers, media, hospitality and
other support services.
purposeful retraining and aspiring for excellence as necessary to awaken the
sports economy of the Region.
asked the MMDCEs to champion the project by investing in the District Sports to
spearhead economic development.
Nketiah V, Omanhene of Essikado, who presided over the forum set the tone for
discussions by prescribing attitudinal change and development of a pragmatic
strategic sustainable plans, as requisite inputs to transform sports
development in the Western Region.