Ring Laser Gyroscope (rlg), a pioneer telecommunications assembly company in Ghana, has provided GHÂ˘2m for the refurbishment of the Hathiramani Sports Hall of the Accra Stadium.
The gesture was to give the Hall, now referred to as the rlg/Hathiramani Sports Hall, a facelift for the 2ND ECOWAS Games currently underway in the country.
Commissioning the close to 1,000-seater air-conditioned edifice last Saturday, the chief executive officer of rlg, Roland Agambire stated: â€śIt is the duty of companies to develop countries in which they operate, and that is what rlg is doing.
â€śRlg believes in developing the youth, hence this gesture to provide them with an avenue to unearth and develop their talents. We at rlg also consider sports as the nationâ€™s passion,â€ť he said.
The Vice president John Mahama, who commissioned the Hall, commended rlg for throwing its financial weight behind sports development, saying, â€śGovernment can make giant strides by partnering the private sector, hence our partnership with rlg.
â€śSports is big business now. It generates a lot of revenue, creates jobs and that is why government considers it as a major investment sector and prioritize sports,â€ť he added.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Hon Clement Kofi Humado described sports as a tool for unity and urged the youth to use their strength for constructive activities to make the world a better place to live in.
The new rlg/Hathiramani multipurpose hall sits close to one thousand spectators. It is fully air-conditioned, and reroofed with glass windows.
The Local Organizing Committee of the ECOWAS Games, headed by the Deputy Minister of Sports Dr Edward Omane Boamah, used part of the financial package to upgrade the tennis courts of the Accra Stadium, with provisions of floodlights among other development.
The facility, whose facelift was undertaken by Architectural and Engineering Services Limited (AESL), could be used for disciplines such as table tennis, badminton, and boxing among others.
Â By Kofi Owusu Aduonum