The current Youth and Sports Minister of Ghana, Hon. Isaac Asiamah has toured the University of Ghana Stadium calling for an audit into the state of the $3m worth of equipments initially acquired to construct the stadium.
The multimillion dollar stadium which was started in 2004 under the erstwhile Kuffour administration to provide stadium for the premier University was abadoned in 2008 after his government came to an end. The contract to build the University of Ghana Stadium was being done by the CONSAR LIMITED.
However, after the project was stalled nine years ago, equipment such as cables, television broadcast systems, telephone networks, ceramic tiles, sanitary items worth a total of $3m were left in the hands of the weather and thieves.
Due to their packing in storage containers and being left in a room, the equipment have now become obselete and worn out.
The Youth and Sports Minister after touring the stadium granted an interview saying;
“I am disappointed by the current state of neglect and waste of the huge investment made by government into the construction of the stadium”.
“It’s a very big disappointment and shameful for this country that such a huge investment is going down the drain”.
“One would have expected that what was met here about nine years ago, continued for the 40,000 students of this university, you can’t imagine how useful it would have been to them”.
The Minister also indicated that $16m can now be used to complete the stadium rather than the $3m that could be used nine years ago.
“It’s about sports infrastructure that President Kufuor decided to put up for these students but nine years has seen this facility rotting and being neglected and abandoned.”
“Now the cost has gone up and we need a whopping sum of about $16m to get this stadium completed”, he added.
“We need to change our attitude and we need to ensure that when a government comes and there is a project it is completed”, he further lamented.
Mr. Oppong Nyarko, the Chief Quantity Surveyor of the University of Ghana stadium project indicated that lack of funds from government was the reason the project was neglected and left in this state.
The government has reiterated his commitment to completing the project and has even chosen the stadium as one of the venues for the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations to be held in Ghana next year.