Sunday, 19 November 2017
MoYSanxious over 2018 sports budget slash

MoYSanxious over 2018 sports budget slash

• Budget to be announced tomorrow
By Herbert BOAKYE YIADOM
Officials at the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) are waiting anxiously to see if their current GH¢ 45.8 million budget allocationwill be reduced next year as it been rumoured in the media in recent times.

Member of Parliament for Mpohor, Alex Kofi Agyekum, who also doubles as Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Sports,has hinted of a possible review of the Sports budget, alluding to the possibility of it being slashed.
This impending reduction of the Sports budget, we are told,has raised concerns among stakeholders because what the Sports Ministry wants is an increase oftheir budget allocation for 2018 and not a reduction.
The Sports Ministry received a budgetary allocation of GH¢ 45.8 million for the 2017 fiscal year which was a 218 per cent increment over the 2016 fiscal year which stood at GH¢ 21 million.
A reduction in the budget allocation for next year might bring a lot of pressure on the activities of the Ministry of Youth and Sports according to our sources.
Moreover the key projects expected to be undertaken by the Ministry this year in the 2017 Budget Statement and Economic Policy such as the rehabilitation of the nation’s four main stadia in Accra, Kumasi, Tamale and Essipong, the University of Ghana Sports complex were not done.
Furthermore, Ghana will be hosting the 2018 Africa Women Championship in November and works are yet to begin on the renovation of the various stadia to host the competition.
With the Black Stars also engaged in 2019 AFCON qualifiers as well as other commitments to other sports federations next year, there will be an impending monetary crisis looming should the budget be slashed.
Ghana would also participate in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia as well as the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, therefore a cut in the ministry’s budget would bring immense pressure on the sector minister and his ministry.

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