Professor William Otoo Ellis, Vice-Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), said this was critical to providing adequate access to sporting facilities to harness sporting talents.
KNUST, University of Ghana (UG), University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) and University of Cape Coast (UCC) basic schools are competing for honors in soccer and athletics in the three-day event.
Prof Ellis noted that sports, had become a vital tool for the development of the economies of most countries across the world – giving jobs and creating wealth, and said, that was why it needed to be given every needed push.
He said given the huge sports talents that abound in the country, it was only appropriate for stakeholders to take basic school sports seriously.
Student athletes must be helped with the right skills and techniques for their career development.
Prof Ellis called for institutionalization of the games to raise sports stars for the nation.
He advised the participating schools to be disciplined and to uphold fair play for a successful event.
In the opening matches of the Junior High School (JHS) Boys’ soccer competition, KNUST beat UG 1-0, while UCC defeated UMaT 3-0.
Source: GNA/News Ghana