The Minister Designate for Youth and Sports, Hon. Ussif Mustapha, says that he will work on improving the maintenance culture of sporting facilities in the country when approved as sector minister.
He said this when he appeared before Parliament’s Appointment Committee on Thursday, February 25.
The former National Service Secretariat boss said that he will ensure that every sporting facility in the country has a maintenance manual and will put up an inspectorate directorate so that facilities, especially stadia, are not left in the cold to deteriorate.
“The maintenance culture of our facilities, not only sporting facilities, is a problem and I remember working for G4s Integrated Service in the UK. They had a maintenance manual for all their facilities. Given the opportunity, I will liaise with the National Sports Authority to ensure that on a daily basis, we know the people responsible,” he said.
He added that:
“There should also be inspectors apart from the maintenance manual, people have to inspect to ensure that what is in the manual is complied with. So I will liaise with the Ministry and National Sports Authority to get an inspectorate directorate for our sports facilities where they are frequently monitoring to ensure that it’s done.”
Ussif Mustapha said that he will engage with stakeholders on the privatization of some sporting facilities.
“The other aspect of privatizing the facilities to management companies to manage for us is an issue that I will engage the GFA, GHALCA, National Sports Authority to see the way forward because the facilities have to be maintained. If they deteriorate, they cannot be utilized and it will go against the teams.”
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