Executive Members making up the African Sporting Initiative Ghana (ASIG), has paid a courtesy call on the new Minister for Youth & Sports, Hon. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, at a short ceremony in Accra.
The purpose of the meeting, according to ASIG, was to fraternize with the new minister and among other things officially welcome him to his new post.
In her welcome address, the President Of ASIG, Mrs. Alberta Pilly Acquah, disclosed that ASIG was founded and registered in Ghana in the year 2010 with the aim of empowering the youth through sports, education, citizenship and community development.
“ASIG has also established itself to promote and create equal opportunity for the youth especially the physically challenged, creating the necessary platform for the youth to exchange ideas through sports as a tool for national development,” the ASIG president indicated.
She went on to add that ASIG is an independent organization among 8 countries that started the initiative and among them included Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Liberia, Mali, Burkina Faso and La Cote D’ivoire with its headquarters in Accra, Ghana.
“The core vision of ASIG is to target the youth sports and culture. The practical reality is to encourage the youth, both privileged and underprivileged to participate fully in sports and to achieve a common goal,” she stated.
Mrs. Alberta Pilly Acquah said in fulfilling its aims, ASIG would provide services and instruments.
“The interest of ASIG demands that international opportunities are provided for the youth at all levels. To fulfill these objectives, ASIG concentrates on four key areas:
Activities, Education, Policy-Making and Human Resource Development,” the ASIG President underscored.
In a short speech, Hon. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah expressed his readiness and commitment to work with ASIG in the promotion of lesser-known sports among other activities of ASIG.
“In line with the Ministry of Sports objectives, promotion of sports is the first point of reference. It is therefore my vision to ensure that Ghana becomes a solid sports nation,” Hon. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah said.
He further stated that the ministry under his watch would also ensure that equal attention is given to other sporting disciplines such as Hockey, Athletics, Cycling among others.
“In doing so, my ministry would mobilize the entire Ghanaian society through sports such that we can get specific corporate entities to sponsor different sporting fields while creating and facilitating the right environment for the development of sports,” the sports minister stressed.
He further assured the ASIG members of his full support in their activities which are geared towards developing sports.
“My doors are always opened for discussions and further deliberations are also welcomed as we work together. I will also be monitoring your activities,” Hon. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah reaffirmed.
The youth and sports minister further took the opportunity to caution against the proliferation of youth associations in the country.
The minister was particularly worried over the number of infant youth and sports associations that is springing up and spreading like wild fire that do not have specific aims and objectives.
“The 1992 constitution of Ghana grants freedom of association, but the rate at which a lot of youth and sports groups are springing up, it is a very worrying trend. Let us have one or two associations with one clear objective instead of hundreds of associations who just walk around printing letter heads,” the minister bemoaned.
The ASIG members took the opportunity to also present a congratulatory certificate to Hon. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah as a welcome note to his new post.
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