Ministry of Youth and Sports (Ghana)

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Ministry of Youth and Sports
Agency overview
Formed 1957
Jurisdiction Republic of Ghana
Headquarters Ghana Accra, Ghana
Minister responsible
Website Official website
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Constitution

The Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ghana is the government agency responsible for youth empowerment and sports development.

History[edit]

The Ministry of Youth and Sports has since the first Republic undergone several changes in its structure and functions to reflect the policy directions of the incumbent Government. In 1978 the Ministry was re-designed for only sports headed by a Commissioner for Sports, who was directly responsible to the then Head of State of the Republic.

In the year 2005, the Ministry was merged with the Ministry of Education to form the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. A year later the Youth and Sports segment of this Ministry were separated. The Sports segment was combined with Education and Science to form the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports whilst the Youth segment was merged with Employment and Manpower Planning to form the Ministry of Employment, Youth and Manpower Planning.

The Government in January 2009, decided to re-establish the Ministry to represent an emergent trend, among countries worldwide, particularly in the Commonwealth Nations, which acknowledges the inherent advantages in the natural affinity between Youth and Sports as an instrument for national development.

The Ministry as it stands now implements its goals and objectives through the following Agencies and Institutions:

  • The National Sports Authority (NSA)
  • The National Youth Authority (NYA)
  • The National Sports College (NSC, Winneba)

Minister of Sports[edit]


MANDATE

By the Civil Service Law, Act 327 of 1993, the Ministry of Youth and Sports exists to formulate Youth and Sports policies; monitor and evaluate policy implementation to achieve national integration and international recognition; promote youth empowerment and self-development; and provide enabling environment for sports development, organization and promotion.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Mission Statement of the Ministry is: “The creation of an enabling environment for effective development of the youth and sports sectors through policy formulation, co-ordination, monitoring and evaluation and the facilitation of the provision of facilities”.

VISION

The Ministry of Youth and Sports envisions enhancing the national consciousness of the youth through effective mobilization, empowerment, education and training. It also envisions a sustained and systematic development and promotion of approved and recognized sports at both the national and international levels to foster cohesion, enhance health fitness, and promote friendship with the comity of nations.

FUNCTIONS OF THE MINISTRY OF YOUTH AND SPORTS

Basically, the Ministry derives its broad functions from section 13 of PNDCL 327 of 1993 which states, inter alia, that: A Ministry shall:

  • Initiate and formulate policies, taking into account the needs and aspirations of the people;
  • Undertake development planning in consultation with the National Development Planning Commission; and
  • Co-ordinate, monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the performance of the Sector.

In furtherance of the above, the Ministry:

  • Monitors and evaluates the programmes of four (4) main statutory institutions which subsist on subventions and for which it has administrative responsibility. These institutions are:
  1. The National Sports Authority (NSA)
  2. The National Youth Authority (NYA)
  3. The National Sports College (NSC, Winneba)
  • Plans and programmes all inputs for sector operations, and analyses and co-ordinates all planned programmes;
  • Ensure the application of standards and rules consistent with the generally accepted patterns of Public Administration System;
  • Promotes the development and maintenance of appropriate structures for promoting efficiency and effectiveness of sector activities.

Agencies under the Ministry[edit]

The Ghanaian Ministry of Youth and Sports is responsible for four agencies:[1]

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.[1]

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.[1] 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.[1]

List of Ministers[edit]

Minister Period
MR.E.R.K DWOMON 1978 – 1979
MR. THOMAS G. ABILLA 1979 – 1981
NII ANYITEY KWAKWRANYA 1981 – 1982
MR. ZAYA YEBO 1982 – 1983
MAJ. (RTD) A. AMARTEIFIO 1983 – 1986
MR. ATO AUSTIN 1986 – 1988
MR. K. SAARAH MENSAH 1988 – 1991
LT. GEN. ARNOLD QUAINOO 1991 – 1993
MR. E.T MENSAH (MP) 24/4/1993 – 6/1/2001
MALLAM A.Y ISA 14/2/2001 – 14/3/2001
PAPA OWUSU ANKOMAH (MP) 1/8/2001 – 16/10/2001
MR. E. OSEI KWEKU (MP) 13/11/2001 – 17/4/2003
MR. K BAAH WIREDU (MP) 17/4/2003 – 3/2/2005
HON. YAW OSAFO-MARFO (MP) 3/2/2005 – 8/5/2006
HON. PAPA OWUSU ANKOMAH (MP) 8/5/2006 – 6/8/2007
HON. DOMINIC FOBIH (MP) 6/8/2007 – 6/1/2009
HON. MOHAMED M. MUBARAK (MP) 13/2/2009 – 9/6/2009
HON. RASHID PELPUO (MP) 16/7/2009 – 31/8/2009
HON. RASHID PELPUO (MP) 1/9/2009 – 25/1/2010
HON. AKUA SENA DANSUA (MP) 11/2/2010 – 4/1/2011
HON. CLEMENT K. HUMADO (MP) 14/2/2011 – 31/1/2013
HON. ELVIS AFRIYIE ANKRAH 14/2/2013 – 8/7/2014
HON. MAHAMA AYARIGA (MP) 8/7/2014 – 14/3/2015
HON. MAJ. (DR.) MUSTAPHA AHMED RTD. MP 14/3/2015 - 18/1/2016
HON. NII LANTEY VANDERPUYE 19/1/2016 - 6/1/2017
HON. ISAAC KWAME ASIAMAH 02/2017 - DATE

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Ministry Of Youth And Sports". www.ghana.gov.gh. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 

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