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Sports Ministry To Adopt University Of Ghana Campus As Games Village for 2023 African Games

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The government of Ghana together with the Ministry of Youth and Sports announced intentions to establish a games village worth $200million to host athletes and games for the 2023 edition of the African Games.

In February of this year, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif, also revealed plans to convert the intended 50,000 capacity stadium, into a sports university.

Sports minister to adopt University for 2023 African Games

Mustapha Ussif

However steps for the construction of the games village, and its conversion into a sports university, hit a snag with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

After consultation with management of the University of Ghana, Ussif revealed that his ministry will adopt the university’s campus as the game village in 2023.

“What the government has decided is to ask the university, – and the university graciously accepted – to use the university as the games village. That is to use it to accommodate the over 6,000 athletes, officials and journalists that will be coming to participate in the games.

“It will demand the government to upgrade those facilities that are required from the university. So we put in a request for the University of Ghana Enterprise Limited (UGEL) facilities, and the permission was given to us to engage UGEL and make sure we get the schedule for the refurbishments and renovation works that are needed to be done,” the minister added.

All 53 affiliate members of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) participate in the games, and as a result the African Games, previously known as the All African Games, attracts athletes and related stakeholders from across Africa.

Meaning in 2023, Ghana will make reception of a large number of individuals for the games, and consequently, the minister revealed intentions to employ the services of other hostel facilities on the university of Ghana campus, in compliment of the UGEL facilities.

“We’ve realized that the UGEL facilities will not be able to house the entire team. The whole concept is to bring the entire team to one center, so they can connect and network even during the games. So revision of our notes demands we’ll put in a request again for the International students hostel, the graduate hostels, and the new Sarbah annex,” Ussif said.

The minister in June 2021, revealed plans to employ the services of the uncompleted university of Ghana sports stadium, after the inability to start and complete construction of the proposed games village in Borteyman.

As a result, the minister for Youth and Sports has made known intentions to renovate the sports stadium, in preparation for the games.

“After getting the opportunity to host the games, the original idea was for us to build an Olympic village. The ministry through the LOC put in a request for the University to graciously give us a land – 100 acres land – that was the requirement to put up those facilities in the Olympic village at Borteyman. But in the MOU that I had an opportunity to go through, the ministry and the government was also to in return, complete the University of Ghana sports stadium which was started in 2008.

“But we all know our current circumstances globally, and that is the Covid circumstance. It did not allow us to put in the preparation to be able to put those facilities in time. So after careful study of the various options, government has decided that we’ll do an hybrid in terms of provision of infrastructure. Hybrid here means, we’ll leverage on the existing infrastructure we have in terms of housing, sports facilities, then we’ll provide those we don’t have at the current land the University of Ghana gave us. The first option is to complete the current University of Ghana sports stadium to meet international standards, so we’ll be able to use it to organize, and host the games,” the minister said.

Besides completing the sports stadium, the ministry for sports through the minister committed to renovating other sports facilities in the university, all in preparation for the games.

“What additionally will be done on the university is the rugby field that should also be satisfied by the International Rugby Federation” he added.

Speaking to Joy Sports, director of the University of Ghana sports directorate, Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu indicated that work on the facilities was already underway, hence is optimistic that the projects will be completed within the time frame.

“We have started [work] already. We are checking and gathering information, clearing the space and setting up so it has started already. We said we will finish in 12 months so we are looking at that. That was what we agreed,” Dr. Bitugu said.

 

 

 

 

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Kuami Eugene Finally Meets His Look-alike Gifts Him $100 On Live Radio

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Kuami Eugene Finally Meets His Look-alike Gifts Him $100 On Live Radio

Ghanaian vocalist and musician Eugene Marfo has at last met his copy, who has been impersonating and mining his tunes this while.

The energetic internet sensation was promptly in Kumasi in the first part of the day right from Techiman to meet the “Dollar on You” artiste.

The energetic internet sensation was promptly in Kumasi in the first part of the day right from Techiman to meet the “Dollar on You” artiste.

“It’s not easy to come all the way from Techiman. It means a lot to me, and I appreciate this. It’s $100; you can exchange it when you get to town”.

 

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His copy was unmistakably dazed by the deed of Kuami Eugene and uncovered he has never seen such cash and contemplated whether it is legal to use in Ghana.

The presenters and panelists on the show all applauded and communicated appreciation to Kuami Eugene for what he did.

Kuami Eugene then, at that point, took pictures with his copy who looked actually like one another.

From the composition to the haircut and method of dressing, they strike some resemblance.

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BREAKING: South Africa’s Final Apartheid-Era President Dies Age 85

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BREAKING: South Africa’s Final Apartheid-Era President Dies Age 85

FW de Klerk, the former president of South Africa and the last white man to lead the country, has died at the age of 85.

Mr de Klerk, who was also a key figure in the nation’s transition to democracy, had been diagnosed with cancer this year, a spokesman said.

Mr de Klerk was head of state between September 1989 and May 1994.

In 1990 he announced he was releasing anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, leading to multi-party polls in 1994.

A statement from the former president’s FW de Klerk Foundation on Thursday morning read: “Former President FW de Klerk died peacefully at his home in Fresnaye (Cape Town) earlier this morning following his struggle against mesothelioma cancer.”

The foundation had announced the diagnosis – a cancer that affects the lining of the lungs – in June this year.

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FW de Klerk had taken over from PW Botha as the head of the National Party in February 1989 and the following year announced he was removing the ban on parties that included Mr Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC).

His actions helped bring an end to apartheid-era South Africa, and he became one of the two deputy presidents after the multi-party elections in 1994 that saw Mr Mandela become president.

 

 

 

 

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Mali Parliament Vice-President Freed

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Mali Parliament Vice-President Freed

Mali’s interim parliament vice-president has been freed, weeks after he was arrested for public order offences.

Issa Kaou N’Djim was arrested in October and a ruling on his case is expected in December.

He was accused of making “subversive remarks”, which were not disclosed.

N’Djim is a supporter of Mali’s President Assimi Goïta but is a critic of Interim Prime Minister Choguel Kokalla Maïga.

His lawyers had said his detention was illegal because of a parliamentary immunity.

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Parliament later passed a resolution calling for the halting of the case.

 

 

 

 

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