A new multipurpose sports court named after Dr Bella Bello Bitugu, Director of Sports at the Sports Directorate of the University of Ghana, Legon, was on Friday commissioned at the Keta Senior High Technical School (Ketasco).
Estimated at GH¢167,000.00, the facility can be used for most of the indoor sports events such as basketball, volleyball, netball, badminton, handball and tennis among others.
Dr Bitugu is a 1983 graduate of the school and currently Chairman of The International Scientific Network for Sport for Development and Peace and continues to work as an expert and consultant for the UN, Africa Union, the Commonwealth, UEFA, FIFA, European Union, the Austrian Government, the Government of Ghana and selected African and European NGOs and institutions.
In his remarks, Dr Bitugu explained how “Sports is supposed to create a holistic and well fashioned person for tolerance, understanding, time management, focus and perseverance; qualities that are hardly taught in the classroom.”
He said it was important to look back and find ways of giving back to the society especially in this moment of limited resources required for infrastructure and other facilities and services in the communities.
The multipurpose court is the first of its kind in Ghana for a second cycle institution in terms of size and purpose and will serve Ketasco, the schools around and the whole Keta community.
The ‘Dr Bitugu Multipurpose Sports Court’ was constructed with funds from the Austrian Ministry of Sports, supported by the 1976 KETASCO Year Group, businessman and philanthropist Dr Dan Mckorley (McDan), Brigadier-General Dr Chris Agbeka, Dr Saviour Badohu and other individuals from the 1976 and 1983 Old Student Unions, among others.
Headmaster of the School, Mr Charles Agbakey expressed gratitude to all that contributed to the success of the project.
Dr Bitugu played a pioneering role in the construction of the court, directly and indirectly sourcing for the necessary funding for the project.