Akufo-Addo's govt has constructed 150 astro turfs so far - Bawumia
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia at the launch of the 100-day countdown to the 13th African Games, Accra 2023, in Accra on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, emphasized the government's commitment to sports infrastructure development, highlighting the significant investments made at both the national and community levels.
Bawumia highlighted the government's investment in community-level sports facilities, particularly the construction of 153 astro turfs across the country.
He emphasized that this initiative aimed to create accessible and quality sports facilities at the grassroots level, fostering the development of sports in Ghana.
"When we came into office, Ghana had only three public astro turfs. We have significantly surpassed this by building 153 astro turfs across the country. Our goal is to construct an additional 100 astro turfs before the end of next year, showcasing the government's unwavering commitment to sports infrastructure development," stated Vice President Bawumia.
The Vice President underscored the importance of maintaining these facilities, urging the Ministry of Youth and Sports and other stakeholders to prioritize ongoing upkeep.
Recognizing the critical role of well-maintained facilities in nurturing talent and promoting sports excellence, Vice President Bawumia stressed the need for sustained efforts in this regard.
Bawumia added that the Akufo-Addo Government's achievements in sports infrastructure development surpassed those of any other administration in the history of the Fourth Republic.
He pointed to the unprecedented scale of astro turf installations and 10 regional stadia that are at various stages of completion as a testament to the government's dedication to providing the right facilities for sports development.
He said six of these stadia, namely: Wa, Dunkwa on Offin, Axim, Dormaa Ahenkro, Ho and Koforidua are complete and commissioning will start soon, beginning with the Koforidua Sports Stadium, before the end of the year. The remaining 4 are expected to be completed next year.