The New Patriotic Party have promised to construct four modern multi-sport stadia when they win the December polls, as they outlined their policy direction for Ghana Sports during the launch of the party’s manifesto Sunday.
Aside constructing the multi-sport stadia in the Brong Ahafo, Eastern, Upper East, Upper West and Volta Regions, the NPP have also resolved to establish three sports colleges in collaboration with the private sector.
The manifesto also spoke about the awarding scholarships to promising young athletes so they can develop in the best of environments.
Below is NPP YOUTH AND SPORTS MANIFESTO FOR ELECTION 2016:
It is obvious that it is the youth who will drive the discovery of new technologies, innovation and growth in the future. The NPP’s national youth policy is designed to help shape our youth for this role through developing leadership skills, quality education, entrepreneurship, job skills, creative skills and sports. We will create an enabling environment to build the capacity of our youth to take on more active roles in our country’s future and its development.
a. Set up a Youth Development Authority (YDA) to harmonise and coordinate all government-sponsored youth initiatives and policies
b. Establish a Youth Enterprises Fund (YEF) that will provide funding and business development services for businesses owned by young entrepreneurs, especially start-ups
c. Develop industrial parks in all regions targeting young Ghanaians, who start or wish to start small businesses, to provide them with access to workspaces, equipment and basic services, including electricity and water
d. Implement our proposed policy that ensures businesses established by young entrepreneurs under the Youth Enterprise Fund (YEF) participate in bidding for the 30% of the required 70% of Government-funded contracts to be sourced from entities owned by women, persons with disability and young persons
e. Offer tax incentives to young entrepreneurs to encourage them to initiate start-ups
f. Introduce tax credits and other incentives for companies that hire young graduates from tertiary institutions
g. Concentrate on ICT training to create job avenues locally and offshore for our youth, and
h. Institute a Buy-Local policy for Government agencies with regards to ICT to ensure that applications and software are procured from local ICT firms
i. Enact the comprehensive Sports Bill initiated under President Kufuor
j. Develop in partnership with the private sector, Youth Development & Sports Centres in all Regions. Each centre will house a fully-equipped library, ICT hub, social hall, multi- purpose pitches and courts complete the construction of the University of Ghana stadium started by the Kufuor-led NPP government pursue the vision of providing modern multi-sport stadia for the regions currently without one, namely Brong Ahafo, Eastern, Upper East, Upper West and Volta
k. Establish three sports colleges in collaboration with the private sector
l. Develop a Youth in Sports module to support young sportsmen and women and to create job opportunities for them
m. Invest in a special Women-In-Sports programme to help unearth and support female athletes and sports talents across the country, and
n. Award scholarships to promising young athletes so they can develop in the best of environment