In the last week or so, there has been a huge bout of speculation as to who gets the nod to become Ghana’s 23rd Sports Minister since E.RK. Dwomon was appointed as Sports Commissioner in 1978.
A myriad of names have been thrown up with lobbyists and canvassers working tirelessly around the clock to ensure their nominees are picked for vetting.
Some of the names that have reportedly come up for consideration to take over from Nii Lante Vanderpuye include Isaac Asiamah, chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Sports.
Asiamah, who is the Member of Parliament for Atwima Mponua constituency in the Ashanti region, has been an avid critic of the outgoing sports minister and have had some spats with him on a number occasions.
One other person also linked to the sports minister’s job is ace football administrator, Vincent Odotei Sowah. The acting General Manager of Accra Hearts of Oak has been a sports administrator for the past 15 years and contested but lost in his bid to become the president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) in 2010.
Seen as resolute and principled, Odotei may have stunned many when he wrestled the La Dadekotopon constituency seat from the incumbent Nii Amassah Namoale from the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Renowned marketing tycoon and Member of Parliament-elect of Awutu Senya West, George Andah, is also in the running for the nation’s new sports minister.
The former Chief Marketing Officer of MTN Ghana and Glo Ghana’s Chief Operating Officer appears to be biggest tip to spearhead sports the incoming administration of the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo –led New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Ex-deputy Sports Minister Osei Bonsu Amoah as well as the dark horse and former Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) boss, George Lutterodt, have also been favoured for the position. The much-revered Lutterodt is said to have strong links with the President-elect and could be considered if he makes the move.
For now, it is not too clear who would savour Akufo-Addo’s benediction after his swearing-in to office on January 7. But it is limpidly evident that between now and that ‘holy’ hour, many hearts will beat in anxious expense.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ghana is the government agency responsible for youth empowerment and sports development.
By John Vigah