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Delivering on our promises

Youth and Sports

YOUTH AND SPORTS ACHIEVEMENTS

It is undeniable fact that the youth the world over constitutes the most significant human resource potential that a country can harness towards its national development agenda. Therefore, it is important for the state and its institutions to take the necessary steps to develop the youth to their  full potential to drive the country’s developmental goals. How developed and empowered the youth of a nation is has a direct relationship with its development. This is more relevant in Ghana where the youth constitutes over 50% of the entire population.

 

It therefore makes sense to devote a whole ministry to develop policies and programs towards the development of the youth for national development. In doing this, the Ministry of Youth and Sports has a vision of creating an enabling environment for effective development of the youth and sports sectors through policy formulation, co-ordination, monitoring and evaluation and the facilitation of the provision of facilities. The Ministry of Youth and Sports envisions to enhancing the national consciousness of the youth through effective mobilization, empowerment, education and training.  It also envisions a sustained and systematic development and promotion of approved and recognized sports at both the national and international levels to foster cohesion, enhance health fitness, and promote friendship with the comity of nations.

 

Flowing from this important attention the youth in Ghana seems to enjoy and the important role they play towards the national development, the ruling New Patriotic Party, the NPP, made a number of promises to ensure youth development prior to the 2016 elections.  This section attempts to identify and state the achievements this particular ministry has chalked since 2017.

NATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATIONS PLAN (NEIP)

 

In 2017, as part of the reforms, the government renamed the Youth Enterprise Support (YES) as National Entrepreneurship and Innovations Plan (NEIP). Though the vision and mission remain the same, this was more of an expansion to capture people outside the youth brackets. The government , as part of the reforms has contributed US$10 million as seed money for the NEIP Plan. The plan is to leverage on the seed capital to raise US$100 million from private and public institutions. With the private sector as engine of growth, it is the overall objective to use this avenue to stimulate growth in the private sector at the early-stages of businesses, to accelerate job creation and to provide entrepreneurial Ghanaian youth with a critical alternative to salaried employment. It is the vision that, this through some of these initiatives, NEIP would help start-up businesses to grow and compete domestically and internationally. In addition to providing tax incentives for start-ups owned by young entrepreneurs, it is hoped that NEIP will give attractive incentives and partner private sector investors to set up business incubator hubs and industrial parks for youth-owned businesses nationally.

 

For instance in 2019, The National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme(NEIP), supported entrepreneurs from North East, Upper East, Upper West, Savannah and Northern regions with funding amount of GH¢ 880,000. The beneficiaries from the five regions of the north received support funds ranging from GH¢ 10,000 to GH¢ 100,000. In 2018, the government awarded 1,350 entrepreneurs with cash to start and expand their businesses under the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation plan (NEIP) Business Support Programme. The grant, ranging between GH¢10,000 to GH¢100,000 was given to young businessmen and women on August 7, 2018.

 YOUTH AND SPORTS CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE

To enhance the talent development in the youth and also reduce crime by creating employment, the Minister of Youth and Sports, is constructing 10 Youth and Sports Centres of Excellence across the country. The objective of the project is to take sporting facilities closer to the youth within their communities in order to ease the pressure on the few major stadiums in the country. Locating these multi-sport youth resource centres within communities makes it easier to identify and develop talents in their own environment and provide a bigger pool of talents to represent the country at international competitions. These facilities will have a standardised FIFA football field, eight-lane athletic track, basketball, handball and tennis courts, a counselling centre, ICT centre and a restaurant.

WORK ON UNIVERSITY OF GHANA SPORTS STADIUM RESUMES

Government has released funds for works to resume on the University of Ghana stadium after years of abandonment. The Stadium which started in 2004 by Messers CONSAR Limited under the administration of former President John Agyekum Kuffour was abandoned by the previous government in 2009. This is in fulfilment of a promise made the government prior to election 2016. With Ghana securing the rights to host 2023 All African Games, when completed will serve as venue for some sporting disciplines.

RENOVATION OF THE ACCRA AND KUMASI SPORTS STADIA

Again, the government has undertaken massive renovation at the Accra Sports Stadium for major face lift for the first time in almost a decade. The stadium which was renovated in 2007 for the CAN 2008 tournament was left in a deplorable state and was described by many as a risk zone due to its dilapidated nature. Renovation works at the stadium began in February 2019 and was ready in November for the Women’s AFCON. The government spent about Gh¢12.5 million for the first phase of rehabilitation, the facility is expected to be reshaped into a modern spots stadium. The Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi is also under going similar renovation and face lift and it is expected to be completed by October this 2020.

RENOVATION OF THE ACCRA AND KUMASI SPORTS STADIA

Again, the government has undertaken massive renovation at the Accra Sports Stadium for major face lift for the first time in almost a decade. The stadium which was renovated in 2007 for the CAN 2008 tournament was left in a deplorable state and was described by many as a risk zone due to its dilapidated nature. Renovation works at the stadium began in February 2019 and was ready in November for the Women’s AFCON. The government spent about Gh¢12.5 million for the first phase of rehabilitation, the facility is expected to be reshaped into a modern spots stadium. The Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi is also under going similar renovation and face lift and it is expected to be completed by October this 2020.

TAKE HOME

 

  •  Government has establish a Youth Enterprise Fund that will provide start up fund for young entrepreneurs.

 

  •   Government is constructing 10 Youth and Sports Centres of Excellence.
  •  Funds released by government for the Completion of the University of Ghana Sport Stadium started in 2004.
  • Major renovation and Facelift at the Accra Sport Stadium after a decade of no renovation.
  • Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi under going massive renovation and Face lift.