Mentoring youth in sports my focus- Nana Wereko-Ampim

Author: George Ernest Asare
Nana Wereko-Ampim Opoku (fifth left) interacting with family members during the ceremony

 Following his retirement from active public service on  Saturday June 30, 2018, the former  Area manager of Ecobank, Nana Wereko-Ampim Opoku,  has assured to commit himself to  mentor intellectually disabled athletes with the potentials in sports as a way of integrating them into society more effectively.

Beside being a Board member of Special Olympics Ghana-a body which organises sports for children living with intellectual disabilities, he is  also the founder  and bank roller of  Jachie United, a Second Division Football Club  based at Jachie in the Bosomtwe district of Ashanti.

Currently, he is a patron of Kumasi Asante Kotoko football club, and a Board member of Bechem United football club, as well as a Board member of Foundation for African Children Education, a Canadian Charity which sponsors over 300 Ghanaians to achieve quality education.

“ I am looking forward to having the time and freedom to pursue my hobbies in sports and coaching the youth, especially intellectually disabled athletes to nurture and develop their potentials in sports more meaningfully” Nana Wereko-Ampim assured during his farewell speech in Accra .

The farewell gathering was attended by a cross section of the public, including the Deputy Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Head of Plant and Environmental Science at the  University of Ghana, Legon, Dr,  Ebenezer Owusu, DCOP Patrick Adusei Sarpong of the Ghana Police Service and a host of staff of Ecobank Ghana.

Describing his 21 years service at Ecobank Ghana  as challenging but rewarding, Nana Wereko -Ampim said that notwithstanding,he did his best and was rewarded in kind and friendship.

He said it was for this reason that he had decided to commit himself to mentor the youth with potentials in sports.

He said supporting the youth to nurture and develop their potentials in sports would enable them compete favourably with their peers around the globe. This, he said, would gain the requisite recognition to  improve their standard of living.

In their remarks, the staff of Ecobank commended Nana Wereko Ampim for his commitment to promote sports and implored him to sustain it to motivate the youth to build their capacity in sports.