Legon sports fund has come to stay - Prof Amfo

Author: Kwame Larweh
Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana in charge of Academic and Student Affairs
Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana in charge of Academic and Student Affairs

The nation’s premier university, the University of Ghana, has reiterated its commitment towards the development of sporting talents at the institution.

To make good on its commitment, the university is counting on its two most important sports policies, namely the University of Ghana Policy on the Admission of Athlete Students (UG-PAAS) and the UG Sports Fund established in 2017,  to drive the development of sports talents for job creation and the national cause.

A Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana in charge of Academic and Student Affairs, Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, disclosed these at the official opening of the Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) Games at Legon in Accra last Monday.

She disclosed to the Graphic Sports exclusively that 124 athletes had so far benefitted from these sports initiatives which according to her, were aimed at motivating and supporting students while attracting potential athletes to the educational outfit.

“We finance these sports initiatives with some percentage of our internally generated funds and we are poised towards sustaining it,” she told the Graphic Sports.

Prof. Amfo also revealed that students who aspired to benefit from UG-PAAS must meet the minimum entrance requirement not exceeding aggregate 24 to gain admission into the university.

“We are committed to assisting in the restructuring of GUSA, such that universities in Ghana can truly become hubs for identifying and training budding national sports persons,” she noted.

She affirmed her outfit’s resolve to be the epicentre of GUSA and continue to offer their best support towards the sustenance of the GUSA Games.

The Director of Sports at the University of Ghana, Dr Bella Bello Bitugu, for his part noted that the games would be the springboard for a great sporting industry at the university and the country.

“We can make sports into a job creation activity, create a tourism industry out of it and provide avenue for the youth to lead responsible lifestyles,” he stated.

He called on the corporate world to financially back the discipline and charged the government to take sports seriously.