Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Weija-Gbawe Municipal Assembly (WGMA) in the Greater Accra Region, Mr Patrick Kwasi Brako Kumor, has stated that the assembly, in collaboration with the National Youth Authority (NYA), will soon institute a programme to refurbish existing sports amenities and community youth resource centres to lick them into shape for frequenters.
The centres, he said, would have facilities such as FIFA-standard football pitches, basketball, handball, tennis and volleyball courts to enhance youth and sports development in the municipality.
The intended move, according to him, forms part of the assembly’s efforts to help the government address the sports infrastructure deficit and provide the youth with opportunities to develop their artistry and help unearth and nurture talents for the abundant disciplines.
Speaking in an interview with Today, Mr Brako Kumor disclosed that his outfit would set up a committee to oversee how to effectively promote sports development in the area.
“It has always been my dream to help kids who have aspirations like me to realise their dreams. Playing out there is a blessing that everybody would love to experience.”
He noted that his assembly deems it necessary to invest in lesser-known sports as the nation’s focus was always shifted to football.
He said his dream was to have a lot of such football pitches for the benefit of our young people and for the development of the game in the Weija-Gbawe municipality,” he said.
He noted that the employment situation was a threat to security and democracy in the country, hence the need to empower the youth and employ their skills as well as talents to be involved in the decision-making processes at all levels for a sustained growth of the economy.
He pledged the assembly’s unflinching commitment to improving the youth to enable them live meaningful lives and contribute to national development.
Despite doing well at the juvenile level at the international sporting stage, winning laurels and becoming an envy of a lot of countries as regard sporting talents, Ghana lacks first-rate facilities to train and groom young footballer athletes to compete in world events.
The West African country’s bane has been the lack of facilities to develop talents, with the situation culminating in the abysmal performances showcased by Ghanaian footballers and athletes at global competitions in recent times.
Analysts believe the availability of such national facilities will totally transform and polish Ghanaian youngsters’ talents.
But the MCE believes that with the refurbishment of the existing football pitches in the area, Ghana stands a chance to produce quality young footballers and athletes who will help it win more honours in the coming days.
According to him, it was important for the government to continue to make such investments to secure the future of Ghana.
He pointed out that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo-led government sees and recognises the immense contribution sports can bring to the socio-economic development of the nation, which is why it still wants to commit to the development of many sporting infrastructure across the country.
Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU