President Akufo-Addo has appointed Member of Parliament for Yagaba-Kubori, Mustapha Ussif as the new Youth and Sports Minister designate.
If approved, he will replace Isaac Asiamah.
The presidency released the full list of ministerial appointments for the next government in a statement on Thursday, January 21, 2021, which has been submitted to Parliament for vetting and approval.
The Yagaba-Kubori MP currently serves as the Executive Director for the National Service Scheme, an organization he has headed since 2017.
Ahead of the December 7, 2020 polls, President Akufo-Addo promised a number of things, some of which included Zongo Youth Football Talent Hunt (ZYFTAH) programme and a rehabilitation of all other national sports stadia.
Below is what the NPP promised:
In the next four years, the Government will create opportunities for many more citizens to participate
in sports for recreation and laurels, to enhance the image of Ghana at international sports, and
as a viable commercial and job creation opportunity for Ghanaians, especially the youth. In this
direction, we will:
- Build a fully-functional Multi-Purpose Youth and Sports Centres of Excellence in each of the six newly- created Regions in addition to the Ten (10) already under construction and near completion
• Host and organize the 13th African Games in 2023. This will afford Ghana the opportunity to construct a National Olympic Stadium Complex to bridge the nation’s sports infrastructure deficit. The Games will also provide the opportunity to address capacity and facility deficiencies for the organization of all sports and more importantly, rebrand the popular inter-schools and colleges sports towards mainstreaming their products into national teams for all international games
• Upgrade the National Sports College into a National High-Performance Training Centre (NHPTC), equipped with the facilities and human resources, capable of conducting research into sports performance and management related issues and disseminating findings to relevant stakeholders. The Centre will also train and retrain sports coaches and officiating officials as well as offering camping/training facilities to national and international teams.
- As part of a rapid Elite Sports Performers Development Pathway, house National Sports Academies in three of the Multi-Purpose Youth and Sports Centres of Excellence, one each in the Southern, Middle, and Northern belts. Talents in selected sports disciplines in which Ghana has comparative advantage will be selected nationwide and put in the Academies to school, train and ultimately, compete for the nation.
- Continue to rehabilitate all other National Sports Stadia, and establish sustainable maintenance culture in our stadia management system. The government has already
rehabilitated and brought to life the Accra Sports Stadium, and rehabilitation of Essipong and Kumasi stadia are ongoing
• Having cooperated with FIFA, the world football governing body, to reorganize and strengthen the Ghana Football Association (GFA), support the nation’s football teams, especially the Black Stars and Black Queens, through the GFA, to bring back the glory and international stature of Ghana as a force in the world of football, and
• Under the Zongo Development Fund, introduce the Zongo Youth Football Talent Hunt (ZYFTAH) programme, a special program for the youth in Zongos which will help unearth, develop and promote football talents in Zongo communities through competitions and football clinics in collaboration with local and international partners. Having shown a commitment to promoting the development of football in Zongos by building 10 Astro and Green turfs in Zongos across the country, and with the intention to build more, the Zongo Youth Football Talent Hunt (ZYFTAH) will make the construction of these parks,
and many more to be constructed, more useful and meaningful to the youth in Zongos
through competitions and talent-hunt programs under ZYFTAH.