The Ministry of Youth and Sports has since the first Republic undergone several changes in its structure and functions to reflect the policy directions of the incumbent Government.  In 1978 the Ministry was re-designed for only sports headed by a Commissioner for Sports, who was directly responsible to the then Head of State of the Republic.

In the year 2005, the Ministry was merged with the Ministry of Education to form the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.  A year later the Youth and Sports segment of this Ministry were separated.  The Sports segment was combined with Education and Science to form the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports whilst the Youth segment was merged with Employment and Manpower Planning to form the Ministry of Employment, Youth and Manpower Planning.

The Government in January 2009, decided to re-establish the Ministry to represent an emergent trend, among countries worldwide, particularly in the Commonwealth Nations, which acknowledges the inherent advantages in the natural affinity between Youth and Sports as an instrument for national development.

The Ministry as it stands now implements its goals and objectives through the following Agencies and Institutions:

*    The National Sports Authority (NSA)
*    The National Youth Authority (NYA)
*    The National Sports College (NSC, Winneba)

The Minister

Mustapha Ussif (born 16 August 1979) is a Ghanaian politician. He is a member of the New Patriotic Party and a member of the 8th parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana representing the Yagaba-Kubori Constituency in the North East Region of Ghana. On 21 January 2021, he was nominated by Nana Akufo-Addo to serve Minister of Youth and Sports.

Hon. Mustapha Ussif

Minister (MOYS)
Sports Disciplines
Sports Stadiums



In line with Sections 11 and 13 of the Civil Service Law 1993 (PNDCL 327), the Ministry of Youth and Sports by Executive Instrument (EI) 28, 2017 is mandated to initiate and formulate Youth and Sports policies as well as coordinate, evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the performance of the sector to achieve national integration and international recognition.


A Harnessed potential of the Youth and the Values of Sports for National Development.


The Ministry of Youth and Sports exists to provide effective leadership in the formulation, co-ordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Youth and Sports development policies and foster greater public-private sector participation for national and international integration.


Basically, the Ministry derives its broad functions from section 13 of PNDCL 327 of 1993 which states, inter alia, that:

A Ministry shall:

a)    Initiate and formulate policies, taking into account the needs and aspirations of the people;
b)    Undertake development planning in consultation with the National Development Planning Commission; and
c)    Co-ordinate, monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the performance of the Sector.

In furtherance of the above, the Ministry:

(i)    Monitors and evaluates the programmes of four (4) main statutory institutions which subsist on subventions and for which it has administrative responsibility.  These institutions are:
a)    The National Sports Authority (NSA)
b)    The National Youth Authority (NYA)
c)    The National Sports College (NSC, Winneba)

(ii)    Plans and programmes all inputs for sector operations, and analyses and co-ordinates all planned programmes;

(iii)    Ensure the application of standards and rules consistent with the generally accepted patterns of Public Administration System;

(iv)    Promotes the development and maintenance of appropriate structures for promoting efficiency and effectiveness of sector activities.