Hon. Kobena Mensah Woyome, NDC Member of Parliament for South Tongu Constituency and Ranking Member on the Parliamentary Committee on Youth, Sports and Culture on Thursday February 16, 2017 explained the new Sports Act to a section of the Sports Media at his office.
According to Hon. Woyome, Parliament did a very good job before the Sports Bill was passed and accented into an Act by the former President HE John Dramani Mahama on December 16, 2016.
The MP for South Tongu who has served on the Committee for some time said people see the document as very small and feel it contained nothing, however, they did a great job for the good people of Ghana and deserve commendation.
He said the Act 934 may not be complete because it needs a Legislative Instrument (LI) or Regulations to make it operational and functional.
Hon. Woyome hinted that there was the proposal of a National Sports Commission, but they adopted National Sports Authority (NSA) as the sports organization could not take care of itself and needed support from government and private sources.
He explained that the NSA will be unique and manage all the national sports teams as well as organize schools sports in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service and other bodies.
He stressed that Disabled Sports, Women’s Sports, Development of Sports at the Grass Roots, Ambush Marketing, the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), Roles of Regional and District Sports Committees and Units have been captured and spelt out in the Act to ensure decentralisation.
He noted that Clause 19 provides the organization of Regional Sports Festivals at least once a year to unearth and identify sports talents.
According to Hon. Woyome, opportunity would be given to experienced sports personalities to serve on the National. Regional and District Sports Committees so that they impart their knowledge and skill.
On funding of sporting activities and the national teams, he expressed the lottery and tax exemption for sponsors were considered, so if the new minister gets consultants to put the Legislative Instrument together, all matters on the Sports Act would be settled.
He was sad that the Black Stars could not win the 2017 Africa Cup in Gabon, and advised Ghanaians not to allow sports to divide the nation, rather sports should unite the people of Ghana.
By Sammy Heywood Okine
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