Infrastructural development is very important to the development and promotion of sports in the country and to this end the Ministry of Youth and Sports despite limited resources has been in talks with various stakeholders in this direction.
Recently, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Mahama Ayariga has spearheaded a deal to rehabilitate the Azumah Nelson Sports Complex at Kaneshie.
The Minister made this known when a two member delegation from the 48 Engineers Regiment called on him in his office recently. He said a Four Hundred Thousand Ghana (GHc400, 000.00) cedis seed money would be used to start the project.
He said he had already met the authorities at the Burma Camp to find out how best their Regiment could collaborate with the Ministry to accelerate the pace of sports development in the country.
Hon. Ayariga said his decision to court the 48 Engineers Regiment was informed by their ability to build a State-of-the-Art swimming pool built by the regiment at Burma Camp.
The Minister made it known that the Ministry from a research carried out by a team of engineers in sports construction, has identified a Senior High School in each region to benefit from the construction of sporting facilities which would also be used as sports clinics to benefit students during school holidays. He hinted that a team of engineers in sports facilities construction has already finished with their research
‘I am also looking at the possibility of replicating the State-of-the-Art Swimming Pool at part of the sports facilities at the identified schools’, he said.
Honourable Ayariga disclosed that he was in discussions with the GETFUND Administrator for funds for the schools sporting projects but added that dividends from the recently launched Sports Lottery would be used to support the projects.