The Minister for Youth and Sports, Mr. Clement Kofi Humado, has called on West African countries in the sub-region to continue to use sports as a tool for promoting peace and unity in their respective countries.
He said the fight for peace and unity must be pursued constantly to ward off the creeping and destructive effects of civil unrest and wars. “Let us use sports to unite our people and promote peace for development” he said.
The Youth and Sports Minister made this call at the closing ceremony of the second ECOWAS Games at the Elwak Sports Stadium in Accra on Friday.
He added that when the use of sports for peace and unity is adhered to, the youth in the sub-region of Africa, will become an integral part of peace in the future. This he said was the essence of the ECOWAS Games; to bring the youth together to chart the future for peace and development.
Mr. Humado called on the various sports ministries in ECOWAS and Africa to strengthen the various sporting disciplines in their country and continue to support the ‘lesser known sports’ and strive to be competitive at both local and international tournaments.
He added that the only way Africans can excel in both local and international competition is to support these sports by providing them with the necessary equipments, resources and facilities to improve the performance of the various sportsmen and women.
He said the games have given the opportunity to the young athletes to make new friends across nations and that sports administrators from the various countries have also shared some ideas in making sports in the region better.
He said the ECOWAS games have taken the region a step closer towards the realization of the ‘ECOWAS Vision 2020’, which seeks to move the community from an ‘ECOWAS of States’ to an ‘ECOWAS of People’.