The Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Kwame Asiamah, last Friday cut sod for the reconstruction of the Nkawkaw sports stadium into a modern sports complex.
The construction of the proposed transformed ultra modern sports complex will be under the auspices of the Ministry of Sports, National Sports Council and the Middle Belt Development Authority.
The project is financed through the government’s flagship ‘$1million per constituency’ initiative, and will cost GHC27million. The project is expected to be executed within a period of over 24 months.
The Nkawkaw sports complex, when completed, will have a 10,000-sitting capacity stadium, FIFA standard pitch, tartan running tracks, a gymnasium, hostel, restaurant and a multi purpose court housing 20 different sporting disciplines.
Speaking with the media on the sidelines during the sod cutting ceremony, Mr Asiamah said the Nkawkaw sports complex project forms part of government’s broad programme of sports infrastructure development across the country.
He indicated that plans are in place, for the next four years, to provide all the six newly created regions with fully equipped multi purpose youth and sports centres of excellence, in addition to the 10 that are already under construction and nearing completion.
“As you are aware, in the last three and half years, government has continued a process of creating opportunities for many more citizens to participate in sports. Building the facilities creates a conducive environment for mass participation in sports to promote health, wellbeing, fitness and wellness of the citizens.
“In addition to the ongoing construction, government has rehabilitated and brought to life the Accra Sports Stadium, Tamale Sports Stadium and, currently, work is ongoing at the Kumasi Sports Stadium,” he said.
He stated that government will continue to rehabilitate all other National Sports stadia, provide maintenance manual for each of them and establish a sustainable management culture system.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Middle Belt Development Authority, Joe Danquah, said all the projects being executed form part of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s vision of transforming sports in the country.
He said the creation of the various development authorities to facilitate the distribution of the ‘$1 million per constituency’ fund is to add more resources and infrastructure development to the already existing ones in the country.