Private sector to partner NSA

The National Sports Authority (NSA) has given the strongest indication to engage in Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the management of some major sports facilities belonging to the state.

Reacting to media reports that broke out over intentions to invite the private sector in the management of the facilities, the Director General of the NSA, Mr. Joe Kpenge said the PPP would ensure an effective management of the facilities and tap from the expertise of the sector.

Media reports had suggested that interested private partners would be invited to submit bids on partnering the NSA to manage the Accra Sports Stadium, Theodosia Okoh Hockey Pitch and the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.

That seems to have generated controversy among the sporting populace with rumours of an outright sale the three facilities rife.

But Kpenge expressed the view that the partnership would help inject private resources in the management of the facilities and employ the use of modern technology applications in sports facility management.

“It is to also enhance efficiency in the management of the facilities and strengthen its revenue generation capacity as well as keep them in the best condition for use at anytime” he noted.

He said “we are starting with these three facilities and looking at their viability, we will proceed with other national sporting facilities in the country”.

Discounting claims that it is an attempt to put the facilities on sale, the NSA boss made it clear that ‘the Authority does not have the mandate to sell the facilities to the private sector.’

Mr. Kpenge, however, assured that the mandate of the Authority would not change and that sports development would still remain its primary focus.

He said before the expression of interest was advertised, the NSA held discussion with the Youth and Sports Ministry about the partnership, stressing that it is an alternative to the problems facing the Authority.

Jemima Esinam Kuatsi

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