Yesterday, (Tuesday 3 May 2016), thousands of people from all walks of lives thronged to theCape Coast stadium to see the commissioning of the newest addition to our sports facilities in Ghana. I watched it live on GTV Sports plus and I must confess I was thrilled by what I saw; the stadium is really beautiful. Then instantly I remembered the ones that former president John Agyekum Kuffour built and the other two he renovated. They were equally beautiful but unfortunately they all are in poor conditions especially the one in Accra, just a few years after its renovation.
In fact the once lush green turf now looks like a potato farm. The lavatory is disgusting because water doesn’t flow in frequently. The chairs are getting broken each day and the bolts and nuts that hold the metallic structure is rusty. In a nutshell the place is just bad.When the people of China finished the project and handed them to the people of Ghana, (almost at the period Ghana was hosting the AFCON tournament), Ghanaians were very excited. We are currently commissioning another one in Cape Coast and the euphoria is no different.
Negligence and managerial ineptitude will soon convert this beautiful Cape Coast stadium to probably a kitchen’s coop. Some people are notoriously known for showing apathy and indifference towards national assets. If it were their own, they will maintain so that their unborn generations will be beneficiaries.
The mantra, “it belongs to the government” has been repeatedly drummed into people’s skulls; and by a stretch of margin, cloud their sense of judgement and ultimately dictate their actions and inactions. If someone has lived up to his responsibility, the bad conditions of the stadia would have been prevented. Police stations, barracks, hospitals, governmental buildings, state houses, castles and forts and even roads have been left to deteriorate. Why?
To neglect existing structures or facilities instead of rehabilitating them and putting up new ones at a very high price is not only absurd but retards growth and development (I’m not referring to the stadium). The Efua Sunderland Park and the Adomi Bridge exemplifies the horrifying scope our bad attitude has reached.
If we really want to advance this country, our poor attitude towards rehabilitation and maintenance should cease right away. We should draw a scheme to prioritise maintenance programmes to ensure longevity of our assets.
Well, I just hope in eight to ten years, this new sports stadium will sparkle and be in a good shape like we saw yesterday.