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Minister for Education opens GUSA Games at UEW

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Minister for Education opens GUSA Games at UEW

The Minister for Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, has commended the Executive Council of the Ghana University Sports Association (GUSA) and Vice Chancellors of public universities for their commitment and collaboration over the years to keep the GUSA Games growing in a unifying spirit and deepening the relationship and cordial ties between institutions of higher learning.

She also commended the organisers for being able to bring eight public universities to year’s Games to compete at various levels for various positions, and asked the organisers to harder to include all students, public and private, in future games.

Prof Naana Opoku-Agyemang was delivering the keynote address at the 24th edition of the GUSA gamesat the North Campus of the University of Education, Winneba, the host university on Wednesday.

According to her the unifying quality of games is not lost on anyone of those gathered at the sports oval and that context allows them to bond, respect and tolerate.

The Minister noted that the games allow participants to get to know the strength of losers and the weaknesses of the winners, and that there were specific talents that create that scenario, “such is as it should be.”

Touching on the theme, “Developing and Sustaining Talents for Ghana”, Prof. Naana Opoku-Agyemang said two central ideas stood out; “Developing and Sustaining” and “Sporting Talents for Ghana”. To this she said “we must grow in a qualitative manner and ensure their endurance. The resources required for these depend largely on the human reserve. We sustain and progress when we pay back as a major source of sustenance.” She therefore urged sports persons to tread the path of those who have enjoyed the largesse of their countries and continent and have adopted, supported and promotes the sport on which their fame is anchored.

The Minister noted that Government was very committed to develop sports, because of the contribution of sport to the youth and national development at large. She said it is in view of this that efforts are currently being made to develop the nation’s sporting facilities.

In an earlier welcome address, Prof. Mawutor Avoke, Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba, the host, said it is a fact that sports is a core ingredient that unifies a unifies a people towards achieving a common goal.

According to him the theme was a timely one because it captures the crucial role of universities towards the development of sports in Ghana. He added that developing and sustaining talents from the universities would go a long way to impact positively on the nation’s efforts to project positive image of sports to the world.

He entreated all contingent to abide by the rules and regulations governing the event, endeavour to compete fairly,, celebrate in moderation while losers accept defeat graciously without any acrimony.

The participating universities were the UEW, UCC, KNUST, UG, UDS, UENR, UMaT and UPSA.


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