Mr Stephen Ackah, Member of Parliament for Suaman has called on government to pay serious attention to athletics and other sports discipline in the country as a substitute to the sinking image of football.
He said the youth, particularly females, could excel in athletics to regain the country’s dented image in sports as result of a drop in the standard of soccer if they are encouraged to do so.
He stressed that, the Australia visa fraud scandal has greatly affected Ghana image and that it was time the nation turn and focus on athletics.
Mr Ackah who is the Member of the Youth and Sport Select Committee of Parliament, made the call when he took his turn on the 2020 Budget debate in parliament last Friday.
The Suaman lawmaker said through sports, the youth could be employed and live a comfortable life.
He said, “since youth unemployment rate has risen in the country, sports is the solution; where through investment, sponsoring and nurturing talent, the youth can earn a living instead of just waiting for white-collar jobs that are scarce.”
Beside that, Mr Ackah said, the other sports discipline if heavily invested, it could place Ghana hight at the international level.
He cited Usain Bold a world record Athletic of Jamaica, as a lone athlete who gets world attention than the football team of Jamaica.
He further noted that the policy of recycling players for the national team was not the best and that it was about that the Legislative Instrument (LI) for the National Sports Authority be passed to enhance the sector.
He also questioned the mission and vision policies of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and entreated the Ministry not to focus only on football but invest directly on athletes and other disciplines.
Mr Ackah believed if sports could be run and managed well, it would be a great source of employment for a large number of talented young people.
“Sports is really paying well. I urged the youth to venture into sports and take is as a career since our football is sinking. For over 30 years, we being struggling to get Africa Cup. We can invest and develop other sporting activities,” he added.
While condemning the government for doing little for the Sports sector in the Budget, the MP urged young people not to stay idle but venture into sports and showcase their talent.
In addition to that, Mr.Ackah said the passage of the National Sports College Bill would also help in capacity building and development and as well improve staff experience.
Commenting on the performance of the Senior National Soccer Team, Mr.Ackah called for its re-organization to make it much more winsome in assignments.
He said football in Ghana is now at the crossroads and the only way to revive it was to train young talented local players and keep them together for long periods.
The lawmaker said the budget failed to address some of the teething problems facing the Sporting sector and expressed the hope that the Ministry would get private investors support the sector.
He described the entire 2020 budget as empty as the policies and projects remained same since 2017.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba