Soccer News of Thursday, 13 December 2001
Mr Rashid Bawa, Deputy Minister of Education has cut the sod for work to begin on the renovation of the Kadjebi Sports Stadium in the Volta Region.
The project will be financed by part of the Deputy Minister's share of the Members of Parliament's (MP) Common Fund.
Speaking to the GNA Sports on Wednesday, Mr Bawa who is an independent MP for the area said he has allocated ?45 million for the first phase of the project. He said the first phase would involve the construction of volleyball and basketball courts and the levelling and regressing of the soccer pitch.
The Deputy Minister said he would also provide equipment for volleyball and basketball in order to encourage the youth to participate in them. The MP for the Akan Constituency said the second phase of the project would involve the construction of a fence wall round the stadium and stands to sit spectators.
He said he is giving the project priority because he believes sports would get the youth out of the streets and away from crime and disease. The Deputy Minister said he has started moves to merge the two football clubs in the town, Great Akans and Desailly Stars into a formidable club to fight for a premiership spot in the future.
Mr Bawa said sports talents abound in the area and he is determined to encourage them to develop their potentials to the fullest for the country to benefit from them.
He said he would liase with the local health authorities to visit the stadium periodically to educate the youth on HIV/Aids and other sexually transmitted diseases since the youth are the most vulnerable to such ailments.