President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has inspected the ongoing construction of the new Yendi Youth Resources Centre in the Northern Region of Ghana.
The facility is part of 10 regional centres the National Youth Authority is supervising, as part of its mandate to develop the youth of the country in various aspects of their lives and careers.
After inspecting the facility, the President said he was happy with the work so far completed and commended the contractor NESSTRA Construction Ghana Limited for the excellent work done, having completed approximately 96% of phase one of the project.
He, therefore, entreated the NYA to consider NESSTRA Construction for phase 2 of the contract.
The Head of the Project team, Nana Yaw Ampem-Darko Antwi took the President around to inspect the various units of the project; and assured him of full completion in no time, to make way for the commencement of the second phase, which the president charged them to start work as soon as possible.
The President also charged the NYA to complete the Yendi Youth Resources Centre by the end of the year.
Also on the tour of the facility were the Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority, Pius Enam Hadzide; the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif; Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Sani Alhassan Abdul Shaibu; some traditional authorities of Dagbon and many other dignitaries.
The NYA with support of the Sports Ministry is constructing 10 Youth Resource Centres with a 5000 seating capacity, which are at various levels of completion in 10 regions of Ghana.
When fully completed the Yendi Youth Resource Centre will serve the primary purpose of unearthing and developing talents in the Yendi community as well as adjoining towns and districts. It will also provide the youth with a one-stop-shop facility where they can access both sporting and non-sporting (training & recreational) facilities.
The components of the project for the centres include a FIFA standard football pitch; an eight-lane Olympic size running track; four spectator stands including a VIP stand; a tennis court; a multi-purpose court for basketball, volleyball, netball & handball; a gymnasium; a hall for indoor games & activities like table tennis, badminton, draft, ludo, etc.
The centre will also have non-sporting facilities including, mentoring, coaching and counselling sections; ICT hub; business incubation & entrepreneurship hub; a youth clinic; places for convenience and a restaurant.
Other components of the centre at completion will have A Hall of Fame parlour to display local achievers; erection of an outer perimeter and inner perimeter fence walls; entrances & ticketing booths; car park; storm drains; floodlights; scoreboard and spectator seats for the various courts.