The Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, HE Ms Shani Cooper-Zubida today called on the Deputy Minister Hon. Curtis Perry Kwabla Okudzeto.
The visit of the Israeli Ambassador was among other things to deepened bilateral relations and most importantly explore areas of cooperation for the mutual benefits of both countries.
Having observed the potential of Ghanaian youth in areas of entrepreneurship, the Ambassador indicated her country’s readiness to assist in nurturing the capacity of the youth with innovative ideas.
The Ambassador was also open to using Israel’s thriving technology industry to boost and improve the fortunes of Ghana Sports.
The Deputy Minister expressed his appreciation to Israel for its readiness to support youth development initiatives in the country. He said the National Youth Authority (NYA), an agency mandated to champion youth development will welcome any ideas to that effect.
As Ghana prepares to host the 2023 African Games with the construction of a state of the art Olympic Sport stadium and other sporting facilities, Hon Curtis Perry Kwabla Okudzeto was hopeful that Israel, as one of the world leading technology hub will complement Ghana’s effort with technology-based ideas to make the continental sporting event a successful one.
Also in the meeting was a Senior Strategic Innovation Advisor at Israel’s Peres Centre for Peace and Innovation, Mr Oren Simanian as well as the Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr Frank Quist.
Executives of the Ghana Deaf Sports federation on Friday, April 26, 2019 paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto.
The federation led by its Vice President; Mr. Kingsley Kweku Nkansah Asah used the opportunity to highlight various activities embarked on by the federation since the year began.
According to the federation, Ghana is set to host the 1st Africa deaf volleyball competition in July, an event which will give more prominence to the activities of the federation. The deaf sports federation will also embark on an exchange program with their counterparts in France to exchange ideas and skills.
On his Part, the Deputy Minister urged the executives of the federation to be diligent in the discharge of their duties and indicated the readiness of the Ministry to offer them the needed support.
Present at the meeting was the Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Frank Quist and other executives of the federation.
The Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, Mr. Perry Okudzeto has declared that members of the new Black Stars management committee will not be entitled to winning bonuses during the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) competition in Egypt.
According to Mr Okudzeto who doubles as member of the committee, those members are all workers and government appointees tasked to help the course of the national team.
“As management team of the Black Stars, we are not going to be part of the winning bonus structure. We are already working for the government and are just coming in to help so that the country can be successful especially in terms of the national team.”
“We the management team have decided we are not going to take any winning bonus at the tournament with the team,”, he told Ghanasoccernet.com.
The Black Stars management committee which is made up of five-members is headed by Dr Kofi Kodua Sarpong, Deputy Sports Minister Perry Okudzeto, Ibrahim Sunday, Mr. Francis Asenso-Boakye and Madam Abena Osei Asare.
The committee will among other things, supervise the activities of the Black Stars, and collaborate with the technical team to facilitate all arrangements to ensure the team gets the best of preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
It has already begun it operations with visits to Cairo, Egypt for the AFCON draw this month as and UAE to inspect the facilities that the Black Stars will use during the pre-tournament camping.
The Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah has urged the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) to undertake reforms in its policies to embrace both the public and private tertiary institutions as one united student front in Ghana.
The Minister believes a one united and strong student front will go a long way to influence policies and decision – making in the country.
Hon. Asiamah made this call when a delegation from the Union led by its President, Mr. Tinkaro Asare called on him.
The Sector Minister, however, lauded NUGS for exemplary leadership for student front in the country and reiterated the government’s commitment towards youth development.
In view of this, the Minister tasked the leadership of NUGS to form a partnership with the National Youth Authority (NYA) in their national volunteerism project to rekindle the spirit of volunteerism and patriotism in the youth.
The Minister entreated students in tertiary institutions to desist from all forms of violence related activities but rather urged that appropriate channels are used in addressing grievances.
NUGS President Mr. Tinkaro Asare acknowledged the efforts by the Ministry towards youth development and appealed to the Sector Ministry to assist the Union to resolve some of its challenges to enable it to run its secretariat effectively.
The Minister for Youth and Sports Hon. Nii Lantey Vanderpuye has on behalf of H.E President John Dramani Mahama, the Government and the Ministry expressed deep shock and condolences to the family of the late Fred Osam Duodu who passed on at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra after a short illness.
In a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer Mr. Otto Plahar, the Minister said “the news of the sudden demise of the legendary Osam Duodu saddens our nation especially when he was the only living AFCON winning coach after the equally unfortunate death of the triple winning coach C.K Gyamfi”.
As the footballing fraternity acknowledges this tragic loss, Hon. Vanderpuye stated that Mr Osam Duodu would be fondly remembered for his legendary status in guiding the senior National team the Black Stars to the AFCON 1978 trophy as well as our country’s first time silver and gold victories at the 1993 Africa and FIFA U-20 Youth Championships in Mauritius and Australia respectively. “These achievements are testament to the value of unparalleled dedication and service to the nation”. He added.
The Sports Minister further stated that Mr Osam Duodu’s pursuit for a successful career both as a coach and an administrator would definitely leave an indelible mark on the minds of Ghanaians and all football loving people the world over.
“On behalf of the Ministry and the government of Ghana, I commiserate with the family of Mr. Osam Duodu on this sudden loss. May the good Lord grant the family the fortitude to bear and go through this difficult moment”. The statement concluded.
The Ghana National Men’s Tennis Team, the Black Rackets has won the first Gold Medal for Team Ghana in the Men’s Double category, of the ongoing All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville.
The Ghanaian duo comprising Wisdom Na-Adjrago and George Darko has by 11.00 am local time, broke the jinx by defeating the Democratic Republic of Congo Team made up of Deni Indondo and Sarma Kulufa in two straight sets of 6-4,6-4 to bring joy to Ghana’s contingent.
The game which started the previous day, had to be postponed to the following day due to poor visibility. By then, the Ghanaian team had won the first set by 6-4.
The Congolese had high hopes of winning the match because of the presence of Deni Indondo who had earlier won gold in the men’s singles category against a Beninoise was in their team playing against Ghana.
The combined force of the Congolese pair was no match for the dazzling performance of the Ghanaian duo. By this achievement, the tennis team has opened the way for possible gold medal win for Team Ghana in the rest of the events.
Team Ghana is presently in a very hopeful mood.