African Games 2023: University of Ghana hosts Information-Sharing Session

African Games 2023: University of Ghana hosts Information-Sharing Session

The University of Ghana hosts an information-sharing session about the 13th African Games, which will be held in Accra in 2023.

The University of Ghana Team for Accra 2023 Games under the auspices of University Management has engaged relevant stakeholders of the University Community in an information-sharing session on the proposed facilities to be upgraded and used for the 13th African Games dubbed Accra 2023.  The African Games is scheduled for August/September 2023.

Mr. Emmanuel Baidoo, College Secretary for College of Basic and Applied Sciences (CBAS), who represented the Registrar, Mrs. Emelia Agyei-Mensah welcomed participants to the information-sharing session.

“The Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) through the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the Accra 2023 Games has approached University Management for permission to use some facilities of the University to host the Games of which Management has given approval. To this end, some facilities of the University have been selected to be upgraded to meet the required international standards. He remarked that University Management has put together a team made up of the Registrar, the Director of Sports, and the Director of Physical Development and Municipal Services Directorate (PDMSD) to liaise with the MOYS and the LOC for the smooth implementation of the projects for the Games”, he said.

Mr. Baidoo again appealed to members of the University Community, especially students in the halls of residence selected for upgrading to bear with the University for the inconveniences that come with construction works.

In his opening remarks, Professor Gordon A. Awandare, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, stated that the Games provide UG with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to promote the university to the African continent and the rest of the world. He noted that University Management will ensure that a comprehensive strategy for a professional management system for the facilities beyond Accra 2023 is in place.

“The games will give us the platform to project the beauty of our campus, the competence of our personnel and officials, the competitiveness of our athletes, and the conduciveness of our facilities for the Games. UG will benefit from a legacy of excellent infrastructure.  This enormous investment in infrastructure will remain with us after the Games. I ask for the cooperation and support of all as we journey through the construction inconveniences though I am hopeful it will be within a short period”, he stated.

The Director of Sports, Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu in his presentation disclosed “11,000 capacity UG Stadium will be completed for athletics and football. The UG Stadium will have both VVIP and VIP sections, a car park, offices, and 30-bed hostel accommodation. The Stadium will also come with a warm-up athletics track. The Games will have over fifty nations participating, seven thousand athletes and coaches and three thousand plus Technical Officers, media, global celebrities, and lovers of sports and Africa for the fifteen days Games”.

Mr. Charles Kofinti, Director for PDMSD stated that the refurbishment of Dr. Hilla Limann, Alexander Kwapong, Elizabeth Frances Sey, Jean Nelson Halls, International Students Hostel 1 and 2, VALCO 1 and 2, and the new Vikings Hall will serve as Games Village. Construction of three domes opposite LIZALEX will be used as a medical center and a canteen during the Games. The Director observed that there will be a high-security presence during the period of the Games. Access to the Games Village will be restricted to only those with appropriate accreditation. He added that for the two-week period of the Games, it is expected that there may be occasional diversions and warning signs to enhance the free flow of traffic.

The contractors on site, Messrs. Mawums Ltd. and Messrs. Consar Ltd. gave assurance of minimising the inconveniences to the barest minimum. They also promise to engage the stakeholders periodically and to complete the various projects ahead of schedule.

Provosts, College Secretaries, the General Manager of the University of Ghana Enterprises Limited (UGEL), Hall Masters/Wardens/Tutors, Student reps, Contractors, and Sports Directorate officials were also in attendance.

The African Games, a multi-disciplinary sporting event aimed at promoting high-level elite African sports and fostering cultural contacts among African Union Member States, was first held in Congo Brazzaville in 1965.

By ug.edu.gh

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