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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 this year’s games to compete at various levels for various positions, and asked the organisers to try to include all students, public and private, in future games.

 

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

 

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

 

Touching on the theme, “Developing and Sustaining Talents for Ghana”, Prof. 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 had enjoyed the largesse of their countries and continent and had adopted, supported and promoted the sport on which their fame was anchored.

 

The Minister noted that government was very committed to developing sports because of the contribution it made to the youth and national development at large. She said it was in view of that that efforts were 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 was a fact that sports was a core ingredient that unifies people towards achieving a common goal.

 

According to him, the theme was a timely one because it captured 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.