At a stakeholders sensitization workshop in Accra, Erasmus Adorkor, Director of the college gave a background of why and how the sports institution was established and how the facilities have deteriorated. He said the college was established in 1984 for training and retraining of the country’s technical and human resource in the Sports sector, however due to neglect and lack of maintenance it is in a sympathetic state.
According to Adorko, funding had been a problem for infrastructure development, so the college authorities and the national sports authority in 2013 decided to seek assistance from the ministry of finance, which was approved by the World Bank seeking a consultant to conduct feasibility studies and draw a plan on the project.
He said the project included the construction of a multi purpose sports hall, astro turf football and hockey pitches, Olympic size swimming pool, hostel and cafeteria facilities, pavilions for officials and spectators, lecture rooms, computer labs and athletics oval with tartan tracks.
Adorkor said the consultants of the project CRISIL, had to sample views of stakeholders, hence the workshop which was very successful.
Jayanthi Ramachandran, principal consultant of CRISIL assured of attracting the best contractors to build, manage and market the college with local artisans being engaged in the construction.
Preter Engelbrecht of SMEC, also consultants and experts from South Africa said a lot will depend on funding and the quality of the materials for construction, as well as how it would be maintained.
Mr. Isaac Owari Aboagye of the Ministry of Finance said Ghana needs quality training facilities for the sportsmen and women to be able to be in the best conditions for championships and win laurels for the nation. He called on the sports authorities to come up with the sports bill and adopt sports lottery as a way of generating revenue for the sports sector.
The workshop attracted personnel of the college, Ministry of Youth & Sports representatives, NSA officials, representatives from various sports associations and the media.