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University of Ghana Stadium Unveiled, Bawumia Honors Kufuor

Tribute to Kufuor's Vision as Stadium Opens for African Games

by Ikeoluwa Juliana Ogungbangbe
University of Ghana Stadium

In a ceremony held on Friday, March 1, 2024, Ghana’s Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, unveiled the newly completed University of Ghana Stadium, a facility poised to play a pivotal role in the upcoming African Games 2023. The event not only marked a significant milestone in Ghana’s sports infrastructure but also served as a platform for Dr. Bawumia to honor former President John Agyekum Kufuor for his foresight and initiative in commencing the stadium’s construction back in 2003.

The journey to the stadium’s completion was not without its challenges. Initiated under President Kufuor’s administration, the project experienced a prolonged hiatus as subsequent governments shelved the construction, leaving the facility in a state of neglect. However, with the African Games on the horizon and the government’s renewed commitment to sports development, efforts were reignited to bring the project to fruition. The government undertook extensive renovations, including re-grassing the field and installing World Athletics-certified tracks, alongside a standard warm-up track adjacent to the stadium, ensuring that the facility met international standards for the games.

During the commissioning, Dr. Bawumia expressed his excitement and gratitude for the project’s completion, emphasizing the collaborative effort that made it possible. “I am particularly excited about the completion of the University of Ghana Sports Stadium, with added facilities, due to its chequered history. As we all know, the construction of this stadium started under the government of His Excellency President J. A. Kufuor over 15 years ago,” Dr. Bawumia reflected. He acknowledged the visionary leadership of former President Kufuor, the initial funding provided by the GETFUND, and the contributions of the University of Ghana and all stakeholders involved in resurrecting and completing the stadium.

The Vice President also highlighted the significance of the stadium’s completion in conjunction with the University of Ghana’s 75th Anniversary celebrations. According to Dr. Bawumia, the timing could not have been more perfect, offering a legacy monument that not only commemorates the university’s rich history but also establishes a solid foundation for the future of sports in Ghana. “This has come at the right time; to host the African Games and also as a befitting legacy to the University and its community,” he stated.

The University of Ghana Stadium now stands as a testament to Ghana’s dedication to sports and education, bridging past and present efforts to foster a vibrant sporting culture within the country. As Ghana gears up to host the 13th African Games, the stadium is set to be a centerpiece, showcasing the nation’s capability to host international sporting events and its commitment to providing world-class facilities for athletes and sports enthusiasts alike.

The commissioning of the stadium not only marks a new chapter in Ghana’s sports infrastructure development but also reinforces the importance of perseverance, collaboration, and visionary leadership in achieving national goals. As the African Games approach, the University of Ghana Stadium is ready to welcome athletes and spectators from across the continent, symbolizing unity, competitiveness, and the enduring spirit of African sportsmanship.

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