Ministry of Youth and Sports (Ghana)
|Jurisdiction||Republic of Ghana|
|Minister responsible||Mahama Ayariga|
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The Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ghana is the government agency responsible for youth empowerment and sports development.
The ministry has undergone major restructuring of its functions and activities since Ghana's independence in 1957. One restructuring took place in 1978 when the ministry was structured for only sports development and administration. The ministry was then headed by the Commissioner for Sports. In 2005, the Ministry of Sports merged with the Ministry of Education to form the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. A year after the merger, the youth segment of the ministry was separated and joined to the Ministry of Employment and Manpower Planning to create a new ministry - Ministry of Employment, Youth and Manpower Planning. Sport development in 2006 was managed by the Ministry of Education and Sports. During the John Atta Mills administration in 2009, the government decided to establish an autonomous ministry in charge of sports. The Ministry of Youth and Sports was thus created.
Minister of Sports
Mahama Ayariga is the current Minister of Youth and Sports. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah was the Minister of Youth and Sports from 2013. Joseph Yammin was his Deputy. Clement Kofi Humado was the Minister of Sports until 2013. He succeeded Ekua Sena Dansua. Since 2009, the ministry has had five ministers taking charge of the ministry.
|2009 - 2009||Alhaji Muntaka Mubarak|
|2009–2010||Alhaji Rashid Pelpou|
|2010–2011||Ekua Sena Dansua|
|2011–2013||Clement Kofi Humado|
|2013–2014||Elvis Afriyie Ankrah|
Agencies under the Ministry
The Ghanaian Ministry of Youth and Sports is responsible for four agencies:
The mandate of the National Sports Council is to function as an umbrella organization under which various sports association operate. It was formed in 1976. The council develops, organizes and manages competitive and non-competitive sports to promote national cohesion and professionalism in various Ghanaian activities. The National Youth Council is a government agency established in 1974 to organize and promote youth development programmes in the country.
The National Sports College was built in 1984 in Winneba in the Central region. The college was established by the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) government to promote various sporting disciplines to international levels. At the college's establishment Ghanaian sportsmen were not performing as expected at international competitions. A reason for the college's establishment was to improve the competitiveness of sportsmen in the country. The function of the college is to train and re-train the country’s technical and human resource in various sporting disciplines.
The National Youth Employment Program (NYEP) was created in 1996. The programme's function was to address the country's youth unemployment with the aim of empowering Ghanaian youth so they could add positively to the socio-economic and sustainable development of the nation. The programme operates module systems such as Youth in Farming, Youth in Health Extension, Community Teaching assistants among other. In June, 2007 the programme had employed 95,000 youths under various modules.
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