They say that leaders are born, not made. While it is true that some people are born leaders, some leaders are born in the midst of adversity. Often, simple people who have never had a leadership role will stand up and take the lead when a situation they care about requires it. The President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama has contributed tremendously to the development of Ghana but has focused less on the Sports.
A reliable information reaching http://www.sportsniteleaks.com indicates that $3.8 billion has been spent by president Mahama to import jersey, football boots, cups and the likes to organize soccer match for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Youth across the country amidst the fact that Ghanians are suffering. The Black Queens of Ghana won a Gold Medal in Congo Brazzaville last year and were held to ransom at the M plaza Hotel due to lack of funds by the ministry to pay their outstanding winning bonus. So may i say or conclude without fear or favor that the development of sports in Ghana is no more a priority to the Mahama led administration?
All the sporting Disciplines in Ghana have complained bitterly over the past few years about funding of the teams in preparation for competitions and yet nothing have been done about it. Our various Stadia has turned out to be death traps, meanwhile the media and the public have appealed to the government to do something about the poor state of the infrastructure in our various stadia but it has fallen to deaf ears. President Mahama in his capacity as head of State can use sports as a tool to develop the country. The likes of China, Korea, Japan and UAE are investing tremendously into sports to help improve their economy.
Ashgold is playing in the CAF champions league this season and have not received a penny from the government but government have spent money into importing sporting and NDC paraphernalia for their selfish and political interest. If the government wants to develop sports in the country, then the time is now because the various sporting disciplines are really struggling to qualify their respective athletes to the Olympic games. As it stands now, only three athletes have qualified technically for this year’s Olympic games to be hosted in Rio de Janerio and it seems not to be a worry for the NDC government. We as a country should prioritize what is more relevant than our selfish interest. Unless someone convinces me that the import of the paraphernalia is more worthwhile than funding the various national teams.
President Mahama in my view should prioritize developing sporting infrastructure and award Heroes who raised the flag of Ghana in some time past, In his quest of campaigning to Ghanians for another term in office can’t be a success without prioritizing sports as a tool for development and improving the economy.