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Vice President Paa Kwesi B. Amissah Arthur and His Royal Highness Prince Edward EL WESSEX today awarded 96 young people who have successfully undergone the Head of State(HOSA) award programme at the Flagstaff house in Accra in a colourful ceremony.

The ceremony was attended by some Ministers of States, Members of Parliament, Businessmen, Diplomats and other Award officials from member countries.

Vice president in his speech stated that it takes talents, ability and skills through voluntary and physical service to receive the award. He urged the award winners to improve on their perseverance, discovery and teamwork for the development of mother Ghana.

Hon. Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, the Youth and Sports Minister said the awards scheme is transforming and an agent of change in various communities. He pledged his ministry’s support as well as collaboration with other countries to sustain it.

His Royal Highness Prince Edward EL WESSEX thanked the Government and Good People of Ghana for encouraging the award. He emphasized that parents, philanthropists, corporate organizations and individuals will need to come together to build a very strong youthful future. Since the youth forms the backbone of every country around the world, there is the l need to give more attention towards the development of their people. The Prince mentioned that the award scheme will be celebrating its Golden Jubilee next year and will be preparing itself for the conference in 2018.




Youth and Sports Minister Hon. Nii Lantey Vanderpuye receives His ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE EDWARD OF EARL OF WESSEX,KG GCVO to Ghana. The Prince who arrived with the south Africa Airlines from Johannesburg at (11:45pm) is in the Country for Four days official visit.

The Youth and Sports Minister in his Welcome remarks,He extended warm greetings from His Excellency John Dramani Mahama and the good people of Ghana and assured him of a good historical stay.
His ROYAL HIGHNESS will be visiting Kumasi,James town and Manhyia Palace where He will be interacting with the Asantehene and his Chiefs, Elders and the Youth.

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The British High Commissioner to Ghana, His Excellency John Benjamin has paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon.Nii Lantey Vanderpuye at his office in Accra.

The visit of the High Commissioner was in connection with arrangements and preparations towards the visit of His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Earl of WESSEX, KG GCVO to Ghana from 24th-26th may 2016.

The Earl of Wessex’s visit is at the invitation of the Head of State Awards Scheme (HoSA) of which President John Dramani Mahama is the Chief Patron.

Whilst in the country, Prince Edward would undertake a series of  programmes and activities in support of youth development and the transformation of young lives in the country.

The British High Commissioner briefed the Hon. Minister on the ternary of the Royal Visit and informed him that Prince Edward would be gracing a Durbar of Ga Chiefs to be held in his honour.

H.E. John Benjamin assured the Hon. Minister that he would inform him immediately should there be any change in the itinerary.

The Hon. Minister said he was highly honoured and assured the High Commissioner of maximum cooperation from his Ministry.

He said he was looking forward to the visit of Prince Edward in eager anticipation and wished him a successful visit.


The Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon.Nii Lantey Vanderpuye and the Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Hon.Haruna Iddrisu, have jointly paid a working visit to the Afienya Youth Leadership and Skills Training Institute, in the company of the Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports,Mr.Victor Xola Senaya, to acquaint themselves with the state of the institute.

At the Institute the Principal, Mrs. Mercy Nunoo, welcomed the Ministers   and showed them round the school. They inspected some of the classrooms, the carpentry workshop, the catering department and the metal fabrication workshop before meeting the staff and students at the multi-purpose assembly hall.

The students were very happy to see the two Ministers and immediate broke into the patriotic song “Arise Ghana Youth for Your Country” which immediately set the tone for the meeting.

The Principal formerly welcomed the Ministers and their delegation and gave the state of the facilities at the school. She complained about lack of classrooms and stated that the catering department still held classes under trees and added that their feeding grant was still in arrears for several years adversely affecting enrolment.

The Boys’ Prefect of the school appealed for computers to facilitate their study.

Addressing the staff and students Hon. Vanderpuye told them their visit was to assess the state of the school to know their needs. He said he was saddened by the state of deterioration of the Institute and to assure them that things that were not done in the past would now be done and that was the more reason he came along with his colleague, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, Minister for Employment and Labour Relations.

When he took his turn, Hon.Haruna Iddrisu said he was saddened by the state of the facility because much has been done for the Institute and pledged financial support for the Institute within the next few weeks from the Youth Employment Agency.

The Employment and Labour Relations Minister promised Five Million Ghana cedis (GHc5, 000.000.00) to be disbursed to the Youth Leadership and Skills Training Institutes across the country and promised a yearly support for the Afienya Youth Training Institute.

The staff and students took the opportunity to interact with the Ministers after the meeting after which

Hon.Nii Lantey Vanderpuye donated two footballs to  support them.


The Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon.Nii Lantey Vanderpuye has represented    His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama   at the Independence Day Anniversary Challenge Cup at the New Accra Race Course at Adjiriganor in Accra.

The Maiden event was organized by the Accra Turf Club (ATC) at their new race course. The main event was run over a distance of six furlongs by eight horses and at the end of which Hajia, ridden by Ismaila Musah emerged the winner. In the other three race categories, twenty horses competed in races over five furlongs.

Welcoming the Minister on behalf of the Accra Turf Club, the chairman of the Club, Mr. Robert Odenkey Mensah said they were very happy to have one of their own amongst them. He said horse racing which was one of the most promising sports has had a checkered history.

Recalling how they came to be at their new place, the chairman said people fought hard to protect their former venue but unfortunately they lost it and said most of those people could not live to see the new facility.He said horse racing as a sport has gone through difficulties in the past but with the venue, things are likely to improve.

Mr.Mensah told the Minister that the new venue was acquired through the support of the late President John Evans Atta Mills whose personal intervention has helped them to procure the land.

He acknowledged the contributions of all the people who in one way or the other have helped the development of the sports in the country and called for a minutes’ silence in memory of their departed colleagues.     .

Speaking during the presentation of the Cup, the Hon. Minister thanked the members of the Accra Turf Club for their effort in reviving horse racing. He said he was highly delighted to see so many spectators watching the event which is indicative of the strong love the people have for the sports.

Hon.Nii Lantey Vanderpuye recalled with nostalgia the excitement horse racing generated during his days as a young sports journalist when he used to cover such programmes. “Those were the days of horses like” Sea Never Dry”   and “Ono Dzi Ono.” He reminisced.

He thanked Vanguard Assurance Company for sponsoring the Independence Day Cup and urged other sponsors to also come to the aid of the Accra Turf Club in order to nurture the sports .He pledged his Ministry’s support for horse racing and promised to recommend companies who sponsor the sport to government for tax rebate.

Present at the programme was the Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. Victor Xola Senaya.



The Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon.Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, accompanied by the Deputy Minister, Hon. Vincent Oppong Asamoah, the Chief Director of the Ministry, Victor Xola Senaya, the Director General of the National Sports Authority, Mr. Joe Kpenge, the Deputy Director General of the National Sports Authority, Mr.Saka Acquaye and Heads of some of the sporting federations has paid a working visit to the Accra Sports Stadium to familiarize himself with the state of the facility.

He inspected the washrooms, the Press Box and the gym. He also inspected the playing field and the stands.

Speaking in an interview with the Press after the inspection, the Minister was not happy at the rate of deterioration of the stadium     and noted that most of the bolts and nuts were weak, there was poor sanitation, dirty chairs among others.

The Hon. Minister could not understand why people would use a toilet and not flush it or jump onto plastic seats to celebrate a goal and said such behaviors must stop.

Hon.Nii Lantey Vanderpuye noted that dusting or cleaning of seats at the stadium and fixing of door screws are simple menial tasks that must not be blamed on lack of funds.

In an answer to the question of the VIP section being a death trap, Hon.Vanderpuye said the “death-trap” tag was the creation of the media and even though situation was not as bad as described, he would request further assessment by the Architectural and Engineering Services Limited (AESL) in other to know the next step to take.

He said that all hope was not lost and that there was room for improvement.

He told the press that since handing over of the facility in 2008 after the African Cup of Nations, the metallic parts have not been coated with anti-rust materials and this has caused some parts of the metal structure of the stadium especially the side towards the main entrance   to rust.

Hon. Nii Lantey Vanderpuye said the stadium would be closed for maintenance work to be carried out after the Black Stars – Mozambique match and bemoaned the bad nature of the pitch and instructed the National Sports Authority to get in touch with parks and gardens for professional advice.

He advised the National Sports Authority to ensure as an interim measure   to reduce the number of spectators using the press box area to prevent any tragedy. He emphasized on basic cleanliness of the stadium as well as effective supervision to maintain the national property.

The Hon. Minister said the Ministry of Youths and Sports was considering public private partnership and the engagement of facility managers as possible options to maintain the facility.