Flagbeaber of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has indicated the readiness of the party to continue with works on the New Edubiase Stadium.
The party has also promised to build on the infrastructure at the Winneba Sports College into a Sports University.
All two promises were contained in the party’s manifesto for 2020 elections which was launched in Accra on Monday.
The Winneba Sports College the party said will have campuses in selected regions to enhance the human resource base and development of sports in the West African sub-region to provide opportunities for training and capacity building in sports management and administration as well as sports management and science.
The New Edubiase Stadium also known as the Gyamfi Park will be completed since work on the project has been stalled due to lack of funds after the NDC left office in 2016.
Also, former President Mahama mentioned that his government will develop specific Sports Centres of Excellence in the three geographical zones of Ghana and ensure establishment of a Sports Development Fund to promote sports in Ghana and establish sports recreational facilities in communities in every district.
Another key point they added is to develop a comprehensive National Sports Policy to outline the vision and strategies for sports development in Ghana with an emphasis on female sports and remuneration of sports persons.
The manifesto also placed emphasis on the facilitation of tax exemption/relief regimes to motivate private sponsorship and promotion of sports in the country.
The Mahama-led NDC wants to develop a framework with the various Sports Associations for promoting and marketing domestic sports.
Since Ghana will be hosting the 2023 All Africa games, they hope to put measures in place to host the games successfully.
Other points include;
- promote and provide funding and invest in the development of the lesser-known and indigenous sports promote and develop Beach Soccer.
- develop a sustainable framework for sport financing in Ghana including the facilitation of financing reliefs to motivate public and private sector sponsorship and sports promotion in the country.
- transform football from a large social entertainment enterprise to a strategic business with both Government and private sector investment .
- encourage and support youth (colts) football and, by extension, youth and sports as a cornerstone of Ghana’s sporting regime.
By Sakyibea Ofori|3news.com|Ghana