ceilings for the Ministry, should take into account Ghana's participation in such important tournaments and make the appropriate budgetary provision.
The Ministry has been allocated an amount of GH¢2,000,000.00 for Assets. The Committee observed that several construction and rehabilitation works will be undertaken by the Ministry in year 2015. The Ministry has put in a bid to host and organise the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2017, and in anticipation of winning the bid, it will commence works on the rehabilitation of the Accra, Baba Yara, Essipong and Tamale sports stadia, which are expected to serve as match venues. Preparatory works on two new modern sports stadia will commence in Ho and Bolgatanga next year. Work on the Cape Coast Sports Stadium is also expected to be completed in October 2015 and could also serve as an alternative match venue for AFCON 2017.
Considering the numerous projects to be undertaken in the year 2015, the Ministry indicated that the allocation for Assets is inadequate. Consequently, key
projects such as the construction of the Cape Coast and Ho Sports Stadia, which require counterpart funding may face serious funding challenges.
It came to the attention of the Committee that the Ministry is seriously constrained by office space. Currently, it is located within the premises of the Ministry of the Interior and the state of its building calls for urgent rehabilitation. The Ministry also lacks vehicles to carry out constant monitoring of the activities of its agencies, which are decentralised in nature.
It is therefore imperative that the Ministry is adequately resourced to rehabilitate its office building and purchase vehicles to enable it play its oversight role effectively.
National Sports College (NSC)
For the effective implementation of its activities for the year 2015, the College budgeted for an amount of GH¢5,000,000.00 but was allocated GH¢2,141,346.00, representing 42.8 per cent of its budgetary requirement.
The College will apply its resources to undertake programmes and activities including the following:
i. Establish two academies in the Central and Northern Regions.
ii. Collaborate with local and international experts to organise seminars, technical and administrative courses for prospective coaches, admini-strators, paramedics and journalists.
iii. Participate in international training tournaments.
Due to funding constraints, facilities at the College have deteriorated over the years, and have become unattractive to the various national teams and other private sports groups. This development has affected the College's ability to generate funds internally to support is programmes.
The Committee was happy to note that in year 2015, the College, through a Public Private Partnership arrangement, will rehabilitate its existing infrastructure and upgrade the facilities at the College by constructing a multi-purpose sports complex and offices. The upgrade of the facilities will transform the National Sports College into a Centre of Excellence in Sports in the West African subregion.
Given the above initiative, the Committee is optimistic that the College would be well positioned to attract private sports groups such as the Ghana Football Association (GFA) clubs and most importantly, make its facilities available to all national sports contingents. This will go a long way to reduce the huge expenditure on Government in accommodating the various national teams in hotels and also enable the College generate enough funds internally to maintain its facilities.
The Committee observed that the College will establish two academies in the Central and Northern Regions to unearth new talents and offer them regular academic education and sports training.
The College, however, expressed concern that the GFA in the selection of players into the junior national teams do not pay much attention to the Academy. The Committee is of the opinion that considering the balanced training offered by the College, its graduates are more likely to possess the requisite skills and discipline for the profession. The
Committee therefore urges the GFA to pay more attention to players/products of the College in the selection of players.
The issue of inadequate qualified staff continues to be of great concern to the College. The College indicated that on several occasions, it had to engage experts from the universities as facilitators/ instructors for some of its programmes. The Committee observed that by this arrangement, the College stands the risks of losing its customers to its competitors. It is therefore necessary that the College is adequately resourced to attract the needed qualified staff.
National Youth Authority
The National Youth Authority was allocated an amount of GH¢10,183,734.00 to implement its programmes in year 2014. Out of this amount, GH¢4,283,734, GH¢4,200,000.00 and GH˘1,700,000.00 were provided for compensation, Goods and Services and Assets respectively.
The Committee was informed that as at October 2014, only GH¢690,000.00 had been released for Goods and Services while no release had been made for Assets. The Authority indicated that the irregular/ non-release of funds affected the smooth organisation of statutory programmes such as the International Youth Day and the African Youth Day as they were either held late or poorly organised, thus affecting their intended purpose.
The Authority generally seeks to empower deprived and unskilled youth with leadership and vocational skills training in carpentry, masonry, dress- making, catering, plumbing, electrical and general agriculture at the 11 Youth, Leadership and Skills Training Institutes nationwide to make them employable.
For year 2015, the Authority has been allocated GH¢10,053,734.00 to undertake a number of programmes including the following:
i. Provide vocational/technical skills training for 1,430 deprived and out of school youth.
ii. Sensitize 1,000,000 youth on the National Youth Policy.
iii. Educate the youth on peer and reproduc t ive hea l th , the prevention of sexually t ransmi t t ed d i seases and infections including HIV/AIDs and other social issues.
iv. Organise the International Youth Day and the African Youth Day.
The Committee observed that the Authority plans to use its Asset allocation of GH¢1,300,000.00 to carry out the following:
i. Complete and furnish the Nat ional Youth Resource Centre multipurpose building at the National Headquarters at Kaneshie.
ii. Rehabilitate the Volta Regional Secretariat Office.
iii. Refurbish and equip the Youth Response Centre at Sekondi.
iv. Construct two workshops and two dormitories at the Nzema Manle and Ajumako Youth Leadership and Skills Training Institutes.
Currently, the Authority faces some challenges in the area of office and residential accommodation for its staff in the regional and district secretariats. Its offices across the country also lack office equipment and furniture for effective youth service delivery.
The Committee however noted that no release was made out of an allocation of GH¢1,700,000.00 for Assets for year 2014. In order not to compound the already difficult financial situation of the Authority, it is important that the Ministry of Finance ensures that releases for year 2015 are made fully and on time to the Authority.
The Authority is also confronted with the challenge of inadequate infrastruc- tural facilities, as well as basic tools and equipment at the various Youth Leadership and Skills Training Institutes. This situation affects the Authority's ability to provide training for the increasing number of targeted benefi-ciaries of its programme.
The Committee was happy to note that a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with the DDY Wing of Canada to provide technical and financial support for the rehabilitation and upgrading of facilities at the 11 Youth Leadership and Skills Training Centres nationwide. The completion of this project will meet the short and long term needs of the youth in the country.
National Sports Authority (NSA)
The Committee was informed that the National Sports Authority in year 2015 will among others:
i. Prepare and organise national unity games.
ii. Prepare and participate in All African Games in Congo Brazzaville.
iii. Prepare and participate in Olympic and Paralympic Games qualifiers.
iv. Prepare and participate in
v. Support various National Sports Associations to compete in international and continental events.
For the execution of the above and other activities, the Authority has been provided a total sum of GH¢11,591,342.00 made up of GH˘11,311,526.00 GoG component and GH¢279,816.00 IGF.
The Authority indicated that it presented a budget of GH˘26,140,150.00 for Goods and Services to the Ministry of Finance but was allocated GH¢5,316,818.00 representing only 20.3 per cent of the total requirement. To ensure the successful organisation of the programmes of the Authority, the Ministry of Finance is requested to provide the needed resources to the Authority.
For Assets, the Authority presented a budget of GH¢25,000,000.00 but was allocated GH¢1,500,000.00 representing 6 per cent of its budget requirement. The Authority lacks state-of-art facilities, equipment and kits for training to enhance performance and achieve excellent results. To ensure the provision of such facilities, the Committee recommends that the Ministry of Finance should make additional resources available to the Authority.
The issue of inadequate administrative and technical personnel especially coaches remains a challenge to the Authority. The Authority indicated that it has been unable to secure financial clearance from the Ministry of Finance to enable it engage more administrative and technical staff. The Committee urges the Ministry of Finance to give clearance to the Authority to engage the needed personnel
to provide the relevant support for sports development.
It came to the attention of the Committee that the Authority is saddled with several court cases arising from the non-payment of services rendered to it. The Committee was informed by the Ministry that it has brought to the attention of the Ministry of Finance all court cases for quick settlement. The Committee recommends that the Ministry of Finance should as a matter of urgency settle the debts of the Authority to avoid further embarrassment.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports plays a crucial role in fostering peace, national integration and promoting macro- economic stability, and good health.
While the Youth sector empowers the youth through the delivery of leadership and skills training to make them responsive to the labour market, the Sports sector unearths talents to participate in local and international sports events to win laurels for the country as well as foster international co-operation, friendship and solidarity.
To this end, it is important to continue to ensure the sustainable development of these two sub-sectors by resourcing them adequately.
The Committee hereby recommends for the approval of the House, an amount of thirty-six million, one hundred and eighty- six thousand, two hundred and seventeen Ghana cedis (GH¢36,186,217.00) for the implementation of the programmes and activities of the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the fiscal year ending 2015.