On Saturday 26-Aug-2023, marking the 15th enstoolment anniversary of Goaso Manhene Nana Akwasi Bosomprah, Hon. Evans Opoku Bobbie, the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports and MP for Asunafo North Municipality, stirred both hope and skepticism as he announced plans to deliver an ultra-modern astro turf for the youth of Goaso. The promise, though met with enthusiasm, is met with a hint of doubt considering the history of unfulfilled pledges.
The proposal to construct an astro turf in Goaso comes as a response to the impassioned appeals from Nana Akwasi Bosomprah, the Paramount Chief of Goaso. Over time, he has advocated for the transformation of the local park into a sports haven that would foster and showcase the abundant football talent among the youth of the region. With this promise, Hon. Bobbie’s administration aims to address the long-standing need for proper facilities that can nurture young athletes and provide them with a platform to excel.
The MP’s assertion that many youths possess undiscovered talent in football, but lack the necessary infrastructure to display their skills, highlights the potential positive impact of the proposed astro turf. An ultra-modern sports facility could not only encourage physical activity and healthy competition but also have broader social benefits, including the potential to keep young people engaged in constructive activities and away from negative influences.
However, amid the anticipation, skepticism has emerged from Nana Akwasi Bosomprah himself. The chief, who has heard similar assurances from the National Patriotic Party (NPP) government and the MP in the past, expressed his weariness with unfulfilled promises. The previous instances of pledges not being honored have instilled a sense of caution in Nana Bosomprah and others who have experienced similar situations. He specifically addressed the symbolic act of “cutting the sod,” a common event marking the start of construction projects. He implied that he has witnessed such ceremonial beginnings that ultimately yielded no results.
As the debate between hope and skepticism continues, it raises broader questions about the nature of political promises and their impact on communities. The enthusiasm generated by commitments to community development and youth empowerment can quickly dissipate if not met with tangible actions. The residents of Goaso, like many other communities, yearn for sustainable change that directly benefits their lives.
The announcement of an ultra-modern astro turf for Goaso reflects the aspirations of a community eager to provide its youth with opportunities for growth and development through sports. Hon. Evans Opoku Bobbie’s pledge aims to address the lack of proper facilities and provide a platform for young football talents to shine. However, the skepticism voiced by Nana Akwasi Bosomprah and others underscores the importance of translating promises into actions. As the proposed project unfolds, the eyes of the community will remain fixed on whether this commitment will result in a transformative change or join the list of unfulfilled pledges.