By Emmanuel Asante Attakora, GNA
Accra, Feb. 27, GNA - Mr. Isaac Kwame Asiamah Minister of Youth and Sports (MOYS), has presented a fully furnished three bedrooms apartment, to the coach of the Black Stars Kwesi Appiah at Cantonment, as his official residence.
Mr Asiamah said, his ministry had a consultative meeting with the President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo and the Minister of Works and Housing, to help save the public purse from paying huge sums of money for hotel bills for coaches of the national team.
According to him, his ministry would do everything possible to save money and invest in other areas to help the development of sports in the country.
“This allocation follows the conviction of the President that, there should be value for money and that we should be able to make savings in everything we do for the country.
“The Ministry took a decision to prudently manage our resources and so that this country would have value for money. This country has over the years lost huge sums of money on accommodation for our national team coaches in very expensive hotels, which cost the nation at least US$8,000.00.
“The Sports Ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Works and Housing managed to secure this decent official resident that befits the status of our national team,” he added.
Mr Asiamah noted that the residence is not for any person or individual but for any national team coach that would be appointed in the future as well.
Coach Appiah, who expressed satisfaction with the initiative, congratulated the President and the Sports Minister for what he described as a prudent measure.
“I would like to thank the Minister for his vision, because I don’t believe in the payment of huge bills on hotels for national team coaches. It was not worth it.
“It was prudent that we got a permanent place for the national team coach, I am really pleased and I hope in future we would have all national team coaches having a permanent resident” he added.
It would be recalled that Mr Kwame Asiamah had revealed at the National Sports Fund Consultation Forum in Accra on December 2017 that Ghana had been spending $8000 every month on accommodation for Black Stars coaches.