The National Sports Authority has explained the reason why there has been a delay in the renovation of the Accra sports stadium.
The 40,000-capacity stadium has been in a deplorable state in recent years, with the public complaining about the lack of improvement in the facilities.
Indeed, the Accra sports stadium has not been renovated since 2008, when Ghana hosted the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
There also appears to be no action taken towards the renovation of the facility despite the Sports Ministry promising last year that it will release funds for the renovation of the stadium.
However, touching on the subject, the Director General of the National Sports Authority, Robert Sarfo Mensah has explained that the renovation has delayed because his outfit wants to bring in the best contractor possible.
According to him, the Authority is in the final stages of negotiations with the Procurement Authority for funds to be released.
‘’Awarding the contract for the renovation goes through a process, this government campaigned against sole sourcing, so we are more concerned about value for money processes,” Sarfo Mensah told Joy Sports.
“In awarding the renovation contract to the right contractor to undertake we need to go through the procurement process and it goes through certain stages. We are now in the final stage, waiting for approval from the procurement authority and Minister of State for procurement and I believe that in no time we are going to have it. As soon as we get the contract, the contractor will begin works.’’
He further stated that the renovation of the Accra sports stadium should be completed by the end of 2018, with the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations set to be hosted in Ghana later in November.