A Performance report released by the office of the Auditor General on the sustainability of sports stadia in Ghana on Thursday the 14th of May, 2020 has revealed that 5 major stadia (Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast, Tamale and Essipon) in Ghana do not have maintenance manuals to enhance the life span of the facilities and make them functional at all times.
The audit was carried out from August 2017 to December 2018 at the Ministry of Youth and Sports and National Sports Authority and covered the period 2012 to 2018.
According to the report, the service focused on oversight responsibilities, maintenance of stadia and revenue generation. Also, there were media reports that many stadia in the country were fast deteriorating and therefore the Auditor-General in line with Section 13 of the Audit Service Act, 2000 (Act 584), commissioned a Performance Audit into the sustainability of sports facilities in Ghana.
The audit service said in paragraph 7 of the executive summary that “….all the five major stadia did not have any operations and maintenance manuals from the contractors of the various stadia. Also, management had not put maintenance and action plans in place to maintain the facilities though they had Estate Units with Engineers and technical staff.”
Paragraph 39 of the report also highlights “….that MoYS had not put in place measures to monitor and evaluate the activities of NSA with regard to maintenance and operations of the stadia”.
The service then recommended that the Operations and Maintenance manuals should be requested from the contractors who constructed the stadia by NSA through MoYS in order to ensure the physical sustainability of the stadia. Then, a team of experts should be put together to value the maintenance needs of the stadia and come up with a sustainable plan for maintenance.
The O&M Manuals should serve as foundation for the implementation of annual maintenance plans.
The report is available to the general public on the Ghana Audit Service website (ghaudit.org).