Former Deputy Sports Minister, Pius Enam Hazide believes government decision to rename Tamale Sports after former president Aliu Mahama was a good decision.
The renaming of the Tamale Sports Stadium was done over the weekend at a ceremony in Tamale with vice president Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia among many government officials witnessing the event.
The late Aliu Mahama was the Vice President under the former president J.A. Kuffour’s administration between 2001 and 2008 and was one of the founding fathers of Real Tamale United [RTU], a once powerful Ghana Premier League side now wallowing in Division II.
The decision by the NPP government to rename the stadium after the late vice president Aliu Mahama attracted criticism from certain quarters, with suggestions it should have been named after a sportsman and not a politician.
However, the Member for the people of Ketu North is convinced the late vice president needs to be remembered due to his contribution to the development of sports in the country.
“You will admit that his contribution to sports in Ghana is not in doubt. And if you recollect the role that he played in the formation of RTU, you will come to the same conclusion.
“He also championed the decentralization of sporting facilities in Ghana. In times past, sports facilities could only be found in Accra and Kumasi but through the efforts of Aliu Mahama, Tamale and Sekondi now have stadia too,” he said.