Ghana gov't set to sell Accra and Kumasi stadia

Ghana gov't set to sell Accra and Kumasi stadia

- Accra and Kumasi sports stadia to be sold to a private company for management.

- According to the Sport's ministry the budget allocation of the ministry is not enough to maintain the facility.

- Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Vincent Oppon Asamoah presented a Public Private Partnership (PPP) proposal of the stadia to the House.

Ghana gov't set to sell Accra and Kumasi stadia

Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi

Two of Ghana’s biggest stadia  - Ohene Djan Sports Stadium in Accra and the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi are set to be privatized according to the Today newspaper.

The newspaper investigations revealed that the Sports Council is already receiving bids from companies to take over management of the facility.

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Meanwhile, Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Vincent Oppon Asamoah on the floor of Parliament told the House that the ministry had presented a detailed proposal on what they termed Public Private Partnership (PPP).

The Deputy Minister explained that the ministry’s meager annual budgetary allocation was not enough to enable them undertaken repair works of such magnitude on the nation’s sports edifice. “Even the entire budgetary allocation for the year 2016 cannot complete the renovation works at the Accra Sports Stadium alone,” he added.

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Ghana’s Accra and Kumasi Sports stadia are in a very sorry state; and is the rate of deteriorating of the physical structure; seats and fittings are beyond measure.

The question now remains whether  a private public partnership can maintain the stadia properly. Only time will tell.

Plans to privatize the country’s stadia have been on the drawing board since 2009.

 

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