Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia today, Friday, 3 May 2019 broke ground for the construction of an ultramodern Military Sports Complex for the Sixth Garrison Battalion in Tamale in the Northern Region.
The project is expected to be completed in 13 months.
A total of GHS15 million is invested in the Tamale project, with similar edifice expected to be constructed in other garrisons across the country.
Speaking at a durbar to pave the way for the commencement of work, Dr Bawumia said the project is in fulfilment of a promise made by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in October last year during a graduation ceremony of some officers of the Ghana Military Academy in Accra.
According to Dr Bawumia, the project is in line with the government’s strategy to transform the security services into a world-class security institution with modern infrastructure, including accommodation, health and training facilities.
He said the government, in its quest to pursue this policy direction, has executed a number of interventions such as the Barracks Regeneration Project, Phase One, which he noted was about 90 per cent complete.
Dr Bawumia mentioned others such as the Defence Health Initiative Project, which comprises the 500-bed military hospital at Apari in the Ashanti Region, which he said was 70 per cent complete.
He further noted that the government has proven that youth and sports development is at the heart of its agenda. He indicated that the hosting of the Women’s Cup of Nations in 2018, the forthcoming All Africa Games to be hosted in Ghana in 2023 and the government's mini sports development policy that involves the construction of Astro Turfs in various constituencies coupled with the development of stadia in all the regions, are all examples of this resolve.
Dr Bawumia reiterated the government's determination to revive Ghana sports at all levels in order to reclaim past glories and attain global relevance.
The project consists of four main sections: the stadium, the gymnasium, the outdoor courts and the external facilities including gardens.
The centre will have a total capacity of 5,000 people. It occupies a total area of 15 acres for structures and a 10-acre open space.
The Defence Minister, Mr Dominic Nitiwul, for his part, said the construction forms part of efforts to retool all security services and improve the welfare of the Ghana Armed Forces in terms of compensation and housing needs.
He appealed to the consultant and contractor to stick to the stipulated time for the completion of the project. He implored the Northern Regional Minister, Mr Salifu Saeed to ensure the project is completed in 13 months.