The French Ambassador to Ghana, H.E Anne Sophie Ave has paid a courtesy call on the Minister for youth and sports to discuss issues towards the development of youth and sports in Ghana.
In her submission, she emphasized on the merits of volunteerism, highlighting the importance of African players specifically Ghanaians who plied their trades at French clubs. She further disclosed that the Embassy is under taking a project where volunteers will be sent to the country to teach individuals and organizations the basics in French language.
Her Excellency Ave took the opportunity to invite the Hon. Minister for a sports competition slated for 10th May, 2019 which includes six (6) schools from Ghana between the ages of 8-12years in different sporting disciplines.
The Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah in his welcome remarks expressed gratitude to French Ambassador to Ghana and her entourage for what he described as an august visit.
He said the Ministry fully supports the project and would contribute its quota to make it a success adding that as part of its mandate, it strives to use sports as a tool for job creation and crime prevention as well as developing young talents.
He noted that his Ministry is partnering with the Ministry of Education and other key stakeholders towards the revival of school sports since the project emphasizes on school sports. He added that a Committee has been inaugurated to revive school sports and it is spearheaded by his deputy, Hon. Perry Okudzeto to ensure that it comes into fruition as it falls part of his Government’s mandate.
The Minister called on the French government through the Ambassador to support school sports since it is an avenue for producing an avalanche of sports men and women.
Finally, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah lauded the French Government for initiating the volunteerism project and called on them to support school sports.
Present at the meeting was the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Perry Curtis Kwabla Okudzeto, Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. Frank Quist, Director General of the NSA, Prof. Peter Twumasi, Technical Advisor of the Ministry, Dr. Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah, Communications Consultant, Mr. Ahmed Osumanu Halid, Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, Nana Adwoa Adutwum and Directors of the Ministry.