Government Abandons Tutu Astroturf Project
Natives of Tutu in Akuapem North Constituency have made a passionate appeal to the Sports Ministry and the government of Ghana to complete an abandoned Astroturf
Natives of Tutu Akuapem North Constituency have made a passionate appeal to the Sports Ministry and the government of Ghana to complete the abandoned Astroturf initiated by Nana Dokuah Asiamah the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Constituency.
“Mr. Felix Asiedu, a bodybuilder and a mechanic by profession bemoaned that the present government since 2018, initiated the building of various sports infrastructures in many districts and constituencies in Ghana to promote sports.
In an interview with Mr. Felix Asiedu he detailed, the project initiated by the incumbent MP, three years has been abandoned for reasons beyond their understanding.
He said absences of a football pitch in the community compelled the youth to walk a long distance for training.
“Because the community has no park for playing and training ever since government of Ghana began the construction of an Astroturf for the community of which their football pitch was converted for this project, we have to now walk for over two kilometers to play matches at Mampong School for the Deaf park and that is depriving many talented children's of achieving their God's giving talents because you are only allowed to enter train on the park when they are on vacations.”
A division 2 league side of the community faces similar problems, their fans are unable to support them due to the distance of traveling to watch matches and they are playing without any motivations of players to excel, and that also denied the club the opportunity to also generate revenue from all home matches to meet the socio-economic needs of the team.
Mr. Asiedu expressed worry about no availability of playing ground for all basic schools in the community because the abandoned Astroturf facility was then the school park of Presbyterian basic school and was serving the entire Tutu community so needs an urgent completion since none of the schools has been able to participate in school games for the past 3 years.
This, they said, would pave way for all the basic schools and Junior high schools, sports clubs, and other users to play and train on it, where adults and stressed parents can also release their stress through the watch of matches and athletics on the said facility when completed.
William Ofori Akwaboa, Eastern Region