Newly appointed and confirmed Youth & Sports Minister Saah Charles N’Tow wants an excellent cooperation with presidents and secretary generals of sporting associations and federations for the promotion and development of sports in the country, according to Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton, Jr.
Deputy Minister Yonton said the Minister believes that an excellent cooperation with stakeholders would help him keep his eyes on the purpose, and be a lamp unto his feet.
The Deputy Sports Minister told the Daily Observer yesterday at the Youth and Sports Ministry after the end of a formal acquaintance meeting between the associations’ officials and the new minister.
Official introductions between the associations’ officials and minister went as planned, followed by the Minister’s statement and interactive discussions.
Accordingly, Minister N’Tow challenged presidents of the various associations and federations to prioritize the development of the youths with regular leagues.
Minister N’Tow replaced reassigned Youth and Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe, who is now Minister for Information, Culture and Tourism.
Deputy Minister Yonton said the Sports Department also assured the sporting associations and federations of their continued support.
The Minister announced that staff member has been appointed as a Focal Person on each of the sporting associations and federations to supervise and monitor performance.
Yonton indicated that the Ministry will continue to provide subsidy as a way to support sporting associations and federations.
The Youth and Sports Ministry is the political governing body of sports and youth in the country.
Meanwhile, some stakeholders who begged for anonymity said during yesterday’s meeting they also discussed “cut in their allotment.”
They said besides football and basketball, whose allotments are US$250,000 and US$50,000 respectively, the remaining sporting associations, receive from US$4,000 to US$2,000.
They stated that in spite of their “little allotment” some of them don’t receive their full allotment, blaming the Ministry of Finance & Development Planning.
They however, appealed to Minister N’Tow for increment in the annual allotment to at least US$5,000.
Some of the sporting associations in the country include: football, athletics, basketball, golf, table tennis, lawn tennis, kickball, karate, handball, boxing, taekwondo, kick boxing, canoe and rowing, netball, cricket, chess, netball, wushu, wrestling, weight lifting, amongst others.
The National Olympics Committee, Inter-High Sports Association, the YMCA are amongst some who also receive subsidy from the Government.
The Sports Department of the Ministry of Youth and Sports is also responsible to provide funding for training and travelling of all national teams of associations and their athletes, including the organization of the National County Sports Meet, the Intra Governmental Tournament and the Up-Country Basketball Tournament.