The Chief of Ho Dome and Warlord of the Asogli Traditional Area, Togbe Howusu XII has questioned government’s decision to replace an ultra modern Sports Stadium promised the people of the Volta Region, with a Regional Youth Resource Center.
According to him, while in opposition, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), led by then presidential candidate and now President Nana Akufo Addo, visited the Asogli Traditional Council on the campaign trail in 2016 and promised the Chiefs and people of the Volta Region that should it win the elections of that year, it was going to construct an Ultra Modern Regional Sports Stadium for the region, an election which it fortunately won massively.
According to him, the construction of a Regional Youth Resource Center isn’t a bad idea in itself but the people must have the right information on government projects in the region.
The Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority, Emmanuel Asigri, speaking at the sod cutting ceremony for the construction of the Volta Regional Youth Resource Center at Nuwoenu near Ho Wednesday March 21, 2018, refuted earlier claims by the Regional Minister that the project was for the construction of an ultra modern Sports Stadium in the Volta Region.
It is (wrongly) indicated that the Ministry of Youth and Sports is here to build a sports stadia and some have even gone ahead to indicate that it’s a 2000 sitting capacity sports stadium…. It is a challenge we have to get to address because if you look at what we are coming up with, indeed, we have some sporting facilities in it but it is not a Sports Stadium. It is a Youth Development Center, clarified.
He said “I’ve been very critical with regards to anybody describing it as a sports facility, if it were, I believe you would have had the Director General of the National Sports Authority being here, but because it has nothing to do with him, he’s not here. It has some components of sports but it is not a Sports Stadium” he said, debunking claims that sod was going to be cut for the commencement of the construction of a Sports Stadium in the Volta Region.
However, the Chief, who was speaking on behalf of the Agbogbomefia of Asogli Traditional Area, Togbe Afede XIV, said it comes as a surprise how suddenly, the supposed Ultra Modern Sports Stadium project promised the people was being replaced with a Youth Resource Center.
“… we have been told that it is not a Stadium that is going to be constructed. But what we’ve been made to know initially was that, the land was acquired for the purpose of the construction of a Sports Stadium, that is why the land was acquired. We’ve also been told that the stadium promised will be times two, the size of the Cape Coast Sports Stadium so we even went to Cape Coast to see what is there. We don’t know the status of that, he reminded the gathering.
He nonetheless, pledged his support for the construction of the project, urging government on to ensure the effective and speedy execution of the project in order for it to be delivered within schedule.
“… We have accepted the Youth Resource Center, we are grateful, but the land is very big so while you are at it, you must ensure that the Sports Complex also comes to complete the promise” he requested.
The Minister of Youth and Sports and MP for Atwima Mponuah, Isaac Asiamah speaking at the ceremony to perform the sod-cutting exercise, said the capacity of the facility will be increased from 5,000, to 10,000.
This decision to increase the capacity of the facility, which will eventually affect the budget for the project, has been taken at the ceremony by the sports minister upon the request of the Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa.
While outlining some auxiliary facilities to be incorporated into the project, which he said included a FIFA Standard Football Pitch, an 8-Lane Athletic Track, a Tennis Court and an ICT Center, the Youth and Sports minister said there will also be a Maintenance Unit in charge of maintaining all the departments of the facility in order to expand its lifespan.
According to the Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Letsa, only 15 acres, out of over 100acres of land acquired by government for the project was being used for the construction of the Youth Resource Center.
He pledged the commitment of the Volta Regional Coordinating Council (VRCC) to ensuring that the project when completed, is maintained in order for the people to fully benefit from its operations.
Executed by Wilkado Construction Ltd, the construction of the Volta Regional Youth Resource Center project is executed at a cost of US$2.4million and is expected to be completed within nine months.