By Dorothy Nekesa
The state minister of sports Hon. Peter Ogwang has continued to strategize on how best to operate this demanding sports, sub-sector. Ogwang vowed to help in the capacity building of national sports officers through a national retreat at the national leadership Institute in Kyankwanzi and sub-regional training sessions.
Through his office, the minister has conducted several planning meetings with the senior minister and the First Lady Janet Kataha Museveni as well as presided over a couple of sporting events and consulted with a number of key stakeholders in the industry.
The meeting was with over 100 national sports officers from the Districts in the country under their umbrella body, National Sports Officers Association (NASOA). The summit was held on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at Copper Chimney Restaurant in Lugogo, Kampala.
With the aim of sharing ideas, finding out first-hand and pertinent issues affecting sports development from the districts and laying strategies on how best to address them. Steered by Mustapha Nsubuga the Butambala District Sports officer, a lot was tabled.
Minister Ogwang was flanked by the commissioner of physical education and sports Rev. Duncans Mugumya, chairperson of the National Council of Sports (NCS) Ambrose Tashobya and General secretary Dr Bernard Patrick Ogwel.
He urged the officers to lead by example with fit bodies and minds, called for mindset change, called for proper accountability of funds promised to improve on the traveling challenges with a motorcycle per officer and vowed to fight for the increment of funding for the districts.
” It all starts with the mindset change. I salute you for the work well done over the years. I will organize a mega retreat at Kyakwanzi and sub-regional training. I warn the sports officers against the misappropriation of funds. We need to define the methods of work. For transport challenges, I will work with concerned authorities to secure at least a motor-cycle per officer” Ogwang added.
National Council of Sports Chairperson Tashobya emphasised that for identity, honesty and patriotism as we target professionalism in sports. He also hinted at having proper competition structures with a national infrastructure master plan so that every district can have community sports grounds.
NASOA is responsible for ensuring better welfare of its members, promotion of physical education, sports and other co-curricular activities in schools and communities, identification, development and promotion of sports talents at the grassroots among others.