Lecturer cautions against frequent changes at Ministry of Youth and Sport

MstphPOLITICAL Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr. Evans Aggrey-Darko is of the opinion that frequent changes at the Ministry of Youth and Sports hampers stability and consistency of policies for the sector.

The Sports Ministry got its 13th Minister since 2001 when Dr. Mustapha Ahmed was announced as the new sector last weekend with Mahama Ayariaga moving to the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation.

According to Dr. Aggrey-Darko, the frequent shuffling of Sports Ministers does not allow for policies to have the needed impact on the domain even though he states that changes in ministerial appointments are part of the governance process of any country. ”

“Changes are always done by governments all over the world and so, the Sports Ministry is not immune to the changes effected by the President.

“But it is important to note that such changes do not undermine the consistency needed to make policies work. Policies need time to mature and there is the need to understand that.

However, the Sports Ministry has had 13 Ministers since the turn of the Millenium and that does not portend for any policy consistency.I am not surprised that we have not been able to drive any policy direction to enhance our sporting disciplines,” said Dr. Aggrey-Darko on Citi Sports’ midweek discussion show, Half Time on Wednesday.

The Sports Ministry is yet to have its Sports Bill passed into law and that has remained a challenge for the various ministers who have been involved in its formulation and structuring over the years.

*Four institutions, namely Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Garden City University College, Kumasi Polytechnic and Christian Service University College will engage in battle at the Ashanti Region qualifiers for the 2015 UPAC Basketball Championship scheduled for Kumasi on Saturday March 21.

The game follows the successful Greater Accra Zone 1 qualifiers which saw University of Professional Studies (UPSA) clinche qualification to the finals next month, after seeing off Pentecost University College, Ho Polytechnic and Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).The second edition of the tertiary basketball is shaping up nicely after it kicked off last weekend in Accra.

The Ashanti regional qualifier is expected to be masterful, engaging and keenly contested with some of the finest basketball players on display for their respective institutions and will be streamed LIVE on Basketballghana.com

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) boasts of experienced players including star man Emmanuel Ekow Amoako playing alongside Edem Dompeh and Kwame Adjei Akrasi.

But their quest to make the final could be threatened by emerging teams like Kumasi Polytechnic, who have vowed to silence their city rival when the two teams cross sword. The round-robin format will see the winner qualify automatically for the final which takes place in Accra in April.

The 2015 UPAC Basketball Championship is sponsored by Dynamite Energy Drink and supported by Access Bank, EV Oil, Premier Cool, Airtel Ghana and Everpure.

Media partners include TV3, Starr FM, Joy FM, Peace FM, Basketballghana.com and Labaari.com.

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