Ghana’s Vice President John Dramani Mahama has called for effective partnership between government and the corporate sector to make sporting activities professional and a major job market. He said: “Sports is becoming a big business in the world and most of the rich professionals we find all over are sports personalities, and we therefore need to develop it to create more jobs for our teeming youth in the country.”
The Vice President who was opening the six-day second annual ECOWAS Games in Accra noted that the Africa continent was increasing in population and there was therefore the need for massive investment in sports to become a major arena for job creation and talent building.
Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Mali, Liberia, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone Cote D’Ivoire are the 11 countries participants in the Games which will feature handball, volleyball, boxing, athletics and traditional wrestling.
Mr Mahama said that although government had prioritized sports in its developmental agenda, scarcity and limited resources were impeding such a progress, and noted that a partnership with the private sector could set as an elaborate springboard for growth and development.
Vice President Mahama said apart from serving as a job market, sports has the potential of providing fitness for all and advised Ghanaians to at least engage themselves in one game or the other to remain strong and healthy.
He commended all the local organizations that sponsored and supported the programme and called on the sportsmen and women to justify the investment put in the event to ensure it becomes a success by exhibiting high level of sportsmanship in this year’s Games and succeeding ones.