RE: GYANKROMA AKUFO-ADDO CONTRACTED TO AIRLIFT GHANA SUPPORTERS TO EGYPT

The Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) has taken a serious note of publications on various social media platforms alleging that the daughter of H.E the President of the Republic, Gyankroma Akuffo Addo was contracted “to airlift Black Stars supporters Union to Egypt and provide them with hostel and food for the period of the tournament.”

The publications also went on to further allege that it cost government $20,000 for each supporter to be transported, hence Ms. Akuffo-Addo having pocketed a total amount of $2,400, 000 for airlifting 120 supporters to the tournament.

The Ministry wishes to state in no uncertain terms that the publication is not only false but frivolous and a well calculated attempt to soil the name of the family of H.E the President of the Republic.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports Wishes to put on record the following:

1. That the organization and successful airlifting of the Ghana Supporters, officials of MOYS and other key stakeholders were done by a 5-member Committee made up of staff of the MOYS and a representative from the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice, tasked by the sector Minister, Hon Isaac Kwame Asiamah with the responsibility of ensuring the successful organization of Ghana Supporters and other officials to support the Black Stars in the country’s quest to win our 5th AFCON Cup.

2. That in order to save cost, protect the public purse and ensure that there is value for money, all arrangements of accommodation and internal transportation were done by the Ghana Embassy in Egypt in conjunction with the Project Committee of the MOYS.

3. That all flight arrangements were contracted to the White Oak Limited, a reputable agency with an impressive experience in the travel and tour business. Therefore, the reported sum of money alleged to have been amassed by the daughter of H.E the President is totally unfounded, mischievous and a figment of their own imaginations.

The Ministry therefore urges all to disregard these fallacious publications and treat them with all the contempt it deserves.

Signed

Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah (MP)

Minister

Press Briefing on Ghana’s Participation in International Games & Competitions

The Director General of   the National Sports Authority,  Prof. Peter Twumasi on  Thursday, 27th  June 2019 addressed the media on measures undertaken by the committee  charged with the responsibility of overseeing Ghana’s teams preparation and participation in all International Games and Competitions.

Find below, the full statement read by  Prof. Peter Twumasi: 

On behalf of the Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah, MP, I warmly welcome all invited guests present here for this press briefing.

The International Games and Competitions Committee (IGCC) (also called “GAMES COMMITTEE”) which was inaugurated by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon Isaac Kwame Asiamah, MP, on the 30th March, 2019 has being charged with the responsibility of overseeing Ghana’s Teams preparation and participation in all International Games and Competitions.

The Eleven-Member Committee chaired by Prof. Peter Twumasi, the Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA), has since begun work in earnest to ensure a smooth and successful preparation of our athletes and eventual participation in the 2019 African Games in Rabat, Morocco.

Other Members of the Committee are:
2. Dr. Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah – Member
3. Mr. Magnus RexDanquah – Member
4. Mr. Ben Nunoo-Mensah – Member
5. Mr. Richard Akpokavie – Member
6. Mr. George Owusu-Ansah – Member
7. Mr. Salisu Omaru – Member
8. Mr. Emmanuel Oteng – Member
9. Rev. Richmond Quarcoo -Member/Chef De Mission
10. Bishop Adja Cofie – Member
11. Mr. Yaw Kutor – Member/Secretary
Mr. Papa Asante – (Secretary Asst.)

IGCC’s TERMS OF REFERENCE (TOR)
1.1 Responsible for the overall planning for Ghana’s preparation and participation in international games and competitions, including budgeting, all travel arrangements for contingents, remuneration for athletes, officials and bonuses for medals, local camping, pre-games tournaments/competitions, international tours and pre-games camping;

1.2 Determine sporting disciplines that will take part in the requisite games and allocate actual numbers for each sport taking into consideration international federations and games requirements;

1.3 Decide with appropriate Federations, Associations or Institutions on sports equipment, kitting and general costume for all contingents;

1.4 Contract sports marketing agencies to source for sponsorship for all contingents;

1.5 Consider and advise the Ministry of Youth and Sports on all requests by Federations desiring to locally host and organize international competitions, including bilateral or trilateral games and/or international meetings of federations and bodies in line with the 6-year Ghana Sports Renaissance Plan (2019-2024). It is to be noted that all bids shall have the prior-approval of the Minister of Youth and Sports in the preceding year of the tournament or event and that such request shall be supported by a Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Bid, including all requirements to be met by the state;

1.6 Review Federations, Associations, Schools and Colleges’ support requests for preparation and participation in both national and international competitions; and

1.7 Handle any other assignment as shall be referred to the Committee by the Ministry and/or the National Sports Authority.

FORMATION OF SUB-COMMITTEES
In order to ensure efficient performance, the IGCC has also established Six (6) Sub-Committees to facilitate its work.

The following are the IGCC’s Sub-Committees and their Heads:
i. Technical Sub-committee – Dr. Owusu-Ansah
ii. Medical Sub-committee –Mr. Richard Akpokavie
iii. Protocol Sub-committee–Rev.Richmond Quarcoo
iv. Logistics Sub-committee–Mr.George Owusu-Ansah
v. Marketing, Sponsorship and Media Sub-committee – Mr. Magnus RexDanquah
vi. Finance and Budgeting Sub-committee – Mr. Salisu Omaru/Mr. Emmanuel Oteng

Significantly, all the sub-committees are headed by members of the IGCC. Most of the decisions or work of the Sub-committees are ratified and approved by the IGCC before implementation. This is to ensure proper supervision and alignment of all the work of the Sub-committees into the overall objective of the IGCC. The Sub-Committees have defined roles set by the mother Committee. It must be noted that all the Sub-committees have been meeting regularly and feed into the IGCC’s meetings.

ITTF / ATTF TOURNAMENT
The first major task for the IGCC after its inauguration was the successful organization of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and Africa Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) Championships in April 2019 in Accra, Ghana. The IGCC made strenuous effort to secure the Bukom Emporium for the venue of the tournament, and also ensured that it was ready before the tournament commenced. The technical and financial report covering the whole tournament is ready and presentation would be done soon.

TH EDITION OF THE AFRICAN GAMES IN RABAT, MOROCCO – (AUGUST 2019)

Presently, the IGCC’s focus is on the preparation of Ghana’s Teams for participation in 12th African Games in Rabat, Morocco, mid-August 2019. The Committee has, so far, met eight (8) times to deliberate on the planning and preparations towards the Games. The various Sub-committees have drawn up road maps or activities geared towards a successful preparation and have been meeting the teams in camps.

In conclusion, members of the IGCC have resolved in our collective determination to organize lean but effective Teams of medal hopefuls for over 20 disciplines to represent Ghana in Morocco.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Chairmen of the various Sub-Committees, especially Technical and Protocol, will take turns today to address you on the detailed accounts of the work done so far and the way forward.

Thank you and God bless our homeland Ghana.

Details on the 12th African Games in Morocco

The African Games which was formerly known as the All African Games will be coming on in the Kingdom of Morocco from the 16th of August to 1st of September 2019, and it will be the 12th edition of the Games which is held every four years.

Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony for the 12th African Games will be the 19TH August 2019.

Disciplines For The 12th Africa Games
Ghana is preparing 18 out of 22 discipline to participate in at the 12th African Games to be held in the Kingdom of Morocco in Rabat to be precise. Below are the disciplines that are preparing for the Games.

1.Athletics,
2.Badminton,
3.Beach Volleyball,
4.Boxing,
5.Canoe/Kayak,
6.Cycling,
7.Fencing,
8.Football,
9.Weight lifting,
10.Judo,
11.Karate do,
12.Swimming,
13.Taekwondo,
14.Table Tennis,
16.Shooting,
17.Triathlon,
18. Tennis

Selection Of Athletes To The Games
All athletes who will be attending the Games are selected by their respective federations based on their own selection criteria. However, their final list is subject to approval by the technical sub committee of the International Games and Competitions Committee.

Deadline For Entries And Accreditations
The deadline for the accreditation is 27th June 2019, and I am happy to inform you that all potential athletes and officials who will be attending the Games have been entered to enable the organizing committee accredit them accordingly.

Number Of Athletes And Officials
At this stage of long list,there is no definite number for both athletes, official and disciplines since the technical sub committee is still working on all the athletes who will be attending the Games. The number of officials are based on a team size calculator which will be based on the number of final list of athletes who will be attending the Games.

Visa Application
The final list of all athletes and officials who will be traveling as part of team Ghana to the games will have to be approved by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, on the advice of the international games committee before any visa application is made. This process has been instituted by the International Games and Competitions Committee to enable the vetting of the list of all participants who will be traveling to represent Ghana in the Games.

Media Accreditation
All media persons who are interested in traveling to the Kingdom of Morocco to cover the Games are to apply directly to the organizing committee also known as COJAR for their accreditation.

Orientation/Code Of Conduct
There will be an orientation for all athletes and officials attending the Games, and they will be made to sign a code of conduct to ensure that all participants attending the Game will conduct themselves as good sports men and women as well as good ambassadors of Ghana.

Departure
Team Ghana is expected to depart to Morocco for the games by the 16th of august 2019.

Closing Ceremony
The closing ceremony for the 12th Africa Games will be 1st September 2019.

Source: Ministry of Youth and Sports,  International Games And Competitions Committee

Abdulai Mukarama Receives Cash Token For Her FIFA U-17 World Cup Exploits

The Ministry of Youth and Sports has presented a cheque Gh¢30,000 to the Black Maidens and Queens Striker Mukarama Abdulai for her heroic performance at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Uruguay last year.

The young striker won the adidas golden boot and bronze ball for the highest goals and 3rd best player respectively at the tournament.

In his remarks, the sector Minister, Hon. Isaac Kwame Asiamah on behalf of government expressed gratitude to the young striker for her excellent performance and also raising high the flag of Ghana at the international stage.

The Minister further noted that the gesture is to encourage young and budding talents to go all out and make the country proud.

He also thanked the technical team for their immense contribution in nurturing and bringing out the best from the striker.
The Municipal Chief Executive Officer (MCE) for Sagnarigu, Hon. Marian Iddrisu on behalf of the delegation thanked the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo led government for the gesture, adding that it will motivate the player to aspire for greatness as well as encourage other players to strive harder and make their country proud.

Source: PR Unit

Youth Connekt Ghana Launched.

The National Youth Authority (NYA) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports has launched the Ghana Youth Connekt in Accra.

The Youth Connekt is an initiative that aims to among other things train and build the skills of young people who seek either formal employment or want to be entrepreneurs, thereby creating a multiple opportunities for the youth to participate meaningfully in the socio-economic development of the country.

Speaking at the launch of the programme, the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Perry Curtis Kwabla Okudzeto believes that the initiative, which has already been successfully implemented in Rwanda would present a significant platform for young people to be empowered and effectively play their role in the country’s transformation agenda.

The Deputy Minister observed that young people are faced with myriad of challenges such as limited access to education, mentorship, finance, employment opportunities among several others.

To this end, Perry Okudzeto disclosed that government has allocated $10m as seed money for the National Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan (NEIP) to provide business advisory services, access to market and most importantly access to funding for start-ups to sustain and expand their businesses.

“In 2018, 7000 entrepreneurs across the country received entrepreneurship training under this programme while 1,300 of the 7000 were given funding support”, adding that this year, a further 10,000 entrepreneurs will be supported with 2000 people receiving funding support.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports is mandated through the NYA to ensure the development of the skills and potential of the country’s youth population.

In view of this, the Deputy Minister recounted how the Ministry through the NYA trained 2000 young people in online digital marketing and entrepreneurship across the country with each trainee receiving a tablet and data credit as a start-up tool

The Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) John Kumah revealed that his outfit in partnership with the European Union (EU) secured €4.5 billion to assist young people who are interested in start-up businesses.

Mr Kumah also disclosed that NYEP in partnership with the National Service Secretariat (NSS) has made it possible for tertiary graduates to do the mandatory National Service at their start up businesses while being entitled to the stipends that come with doing a National service.

The UNDP resident representative commended government for the Youth development innovations and pledged the UNDP’s commitment towards the realization of these youth development oriented goals of the country.

Source: PR Unit, MOYS

Work to start on the New Edubiase Sports Stadium

After almost three years since work stalled on the construction of the New Edubiase Sports Stadium, owing to the unavailability of dedicated funds for the project, the Minister for Youth and Sports Hon Isaac Kwame Asiamah has today directed that work commence on the project.

This comes after the Ministry secured funds through the National Youth Authority (NYA) to ensure that the project is completed.

With the availability of funds, the Sports Minister also directed that the project be redesigned to include an athletic oval and multi-purpose sports courts.

These were disclosed when the Minister inspected the project today at New Edubiase in the Ashanti Region.

The redesigning of the project has become necessary as a result of challenges associated with the initial structural works.

The new design would make the stadium conform to world standard as well as come with additional facilities.

Currently, the phase one of the project, which is yet to be completed has a fence wall, an uncompleted dressing and washrooms for players and fans respectively and the graded area for the pitch.

It would be recalled that the New Edubiase stadium started in July 2016 but construction was suspended after it came to light that the project did not have the needed funds to see to its completion.

ANOCA to Honour Akufo-Addo with Highest Award

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been pencilled down by the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) to receive the ANOCA Merit Award for Heads of State later this year.

The President of ANOCA, Mustapha Berraf, made the announcement at the Committee’s Annual General Meeting in Melia Llana Hotel in Cape Verde last Wednesday ahead of the 2019 Beach Games in Sal, Cape Verde.

According to Mr Berraf, Ghana’s President was chosen for the highest award for his immense contribution towards sports development in Ghana, especially for winning the bid to host the 2023 African Games.

“ANOCA and Ghana Olympic Committee decided to honour the President of Ghana with the Heads of State Award. There are very few personalities that are given such an award”.

“His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo is doing a good job and GOC President, Ben Nunoo Mensah, convinced us why Ghana’s President must be rewarded. We appreciate his sporting roles for the youth in Ghana and Africa. We congratulate him and wish him well in his future endeavours,” he said.

“We are now discussing with Ghana Olympic Committee for a historic date in Ghana for the presentation to be done,” Mr Berraf told Team Ghana’s press officer, Michael Okuley in Cape Verde.

The government played a key role to land the hosting rights for the multi-sports event on the African continent and plans are far advanced to ensure that the games were held successfully.

The President Akufo-Addo-led government is currently putting up 10 multi-purpose sporting infrastructure across the country as part of his commitment towards the growth of sports in the country.

Meanwhile, the President of Cape Verde, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, is expected to be decorated with a similar award after the Beach Games in Sal.

Source: Graphic.com.gh

Ministry of Youth and Sports Receives lead Donor Recognition from the Head of State Award Scheme

On Tuesday, 4 June 2019, Mr. Edwin Kimani, Africa Regional Director, of the Duke of Edinburg’s International Award Foundation paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto and presented to him the lead donor recognition from the Head of State Award Scheme.

The lead donor recognition is to show appreciation to the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the key role it played in the successful organization of the 13th Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Forum 2018 hosted by the Head of State Award Scheme – Ghana.

According to Mr. Edwin Kimani, the Duke of Edinburg’s International Award is interested in ensuring that 500,000 young people are empowered and developed through various initiatives and programmes as advocated by the President H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the awards scheme.

Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Curtis Perry Okudzeto in his remarks mentioned that Ghana is always ready to partner and support the Duke of Edinburg’s International Award Foundation in programs that will improve the livelihood of the Ghanaian youth and thanked the Award Scheme for selecting Ghana as the host of a global event like the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Forum.

Present at the meeting was Ghana’s Ambassador to Egypt, Dr Winfred Nii Okai Hammond, Chief Executive officer of the National Youth Authority, Mr. Emmanuel Sin-nyet Asigri ,Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr. Frank Quist, among several other dignitaries.

“Thirty Million Ghanaians Are Solidly Behind You” – President Akufo-Addo To Black Stars

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has assured the senior national football team, the Black Stars, of the unflinching support of government and the people of Ghana, ahead of their participation in the 2019 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

According to President Akufo-Addo “it sounds almost unbelievable when we think its 37 years since we last won it, especially since, from 2008 up to 2017 we hold the record of six consecutive semi-final appearances, which requires that we just need one more step to get over the barrier, and I think we are going to do it.”

The President made this known when the players, technical team and management committee members of the Black Stars called on him on Thursday, 30th May, 2019, at Jubilee House, to bid him farewell ahead of their final training tour in the United Arab Emirates and the 2019 AFCON.
Describing teamwork as “the heart of success in football”, President Akufo-Addo told the team that “you may have all the authority, but if the people working with you are not prepared to back you up with the effort and energy, you will not be able to succeed.”

He indicated further that “helping each other to win the trophy, that’s the teamwork that we are looking at, you are the Black Stars of Ghana. It doesn’t matter where you come from in this country, whether it is in Tamale or Jamestown or Kyebi, Nalerigu or wherever. It doesn’t matter, you are the Black Stars of Ghana.”

The President, thus, urged the playing body to write their own piece of history, and ensure that their names are written amongst the great names of Ghana’s footballing past, who brought honour and glory to the nation.

“I am determined to provide all the support government can give to sustain you, and give you the best opportunity to bring the cup home,” he stressed.

He continued, “I have no doubt, that you are among the best players on the continent and in the world. So, your slogan, the “Year of Return”, that’s the slogan of the year. This indeed is the year of return (of the AFCON trophy).”

The team was accompanied by the Minister and officials of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and members of the Normalisation Committee of the Ghana Football Association.

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