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Ministry to help secure OlympiAfrica project land

Mr Isaac Asiamah (arrowed), Minister of Youth and Sports, with officials of GOC and Mr Alassane Diak (3rd right), Executive Director of OlympiAfrica, after the meeting

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Kwame Asiamah, has given the assurance that the ministry would help to properly secure the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) land on which OlympiAfrica was putting up a community sports facility at Amasaman in the name of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC).

He said the project, when completed, would be for the benefit of the entire country and therefore even though the land origionally belonged to the MOFA, he would liaise with the GOC to secure the land properly.

“I’m ready to liaise with the GOC to ensure that the land for the OlympiAfrica sports project is properly secured in the name of the GOC because after all  when the facility is completed, it will be for all Ghanaians,” he stated.

Mr Asiamah, who was responding to concerns raised by the Executive Director of OlympiAfrica, Alassane Diak,  who called on him at his office in Accra last Wednesday was happy that OlympiAfrica had agreed to conitnue with the project after it was abandoned five years ago.

He, however, appealed to the GOC to carry out due dilligence to ensure value for money.

The sports minister also lauded the contribution of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), which is the mother organisation of OlympiAfrica, for their contribution to sports development across the continent and the world at large. He also asked the GOC  to endeavour to update  his outfit on the total cost needed for the completion of the entire project.

Earlier, Mr Diak explained that OlympiAfrica basically ordered the discontinuation of the project because certain specifications were not met at the time, but said the organisation had rescinded its decision based on the approach and assurance given by the new GOC administration to ensure the right thing was done.

The President of the GOC, Ben Nunoo Mensah, expressed appreciation to Mr Diak and his team for their timely intervention and said the GOC would be open and transparent this time around.