National Sports Officers meeting with state minister of sports Hon Peter Ogwang at Copper Chimney Restaurant in Lugogo, Kampala | Credit: NCS

Overview:

Mustapha Nsubuga, the chairman of the National Sports Officers Association (NASOA) optimally utilized the opportunity with State minister of sports to outline several challenges that they encompass in the execution of their duties at hand.

Since attaining office, the state minister of sports Hon. Peter Ogwang has continued to strategize on how best to operate this demanding sub-sector.

The minister has held several planning meetings with the senior minister and the First Lady Janet Kataha Museveni, presided over a couple of sporting events domestically and internationally, visited first hand a number of sports amenities and continued to consult with a number of key stakeholders in the industry.

The latest consultative meeting was with over 100 national sports officers from the districts in the entire country under their umbrella body, National Sports Officers Association (NASOA).

This meeting was held on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at Copper Chimney Restaurant in Lugogo, Kampala.

Hon Peter Ogwang (fourth from left) with the other officials as they sing the national anthem | Credit: NCS

The main purpose among others for this meeting was to share ideas, find out first-hand the burning issues affecting sports development from the districts and lay strategies on how best address to address them.

The national sports officers were led by their chairperson, Mustapha Nsubuga, also the Butambala District Sports officer.

This meeting was also attended by the commissioner of physical education and sports Rev. Duncans Mugumya, chairperson of National Council of Sports (NCS) Ambrose Tashobya, NCS general secretary Dr Bernard Patrick Ogwel, the media, among others.

The minister vowed to help in capacity building of these officers as he promised a national retreat for the sports officers at the national leadership institute in Kyankwanzi as well as sub-regional training sessions.

He urged the officers to lead by example with fit bodies and minds, called for mind-set change, called for proper accountability of funds, promised to improve on the traveling challenges with a motor-cycle per officer and vowed to fight for increment of funding for the districts.

It all starts with the mind-set 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 misappropriation of funds. We need to define the methods of work. For challenges of transport, I will work with concerned authorities to secure at least a motor-cycle per officer.

Hon. Peter Ogwang, State Minister of Sports
Hon Peter Ogwang speaks to national sports officers at Copper Chimney Restaurant, Lugogo
National Council of Sports (NCS) chairperson Ambrose Tashobya

NCS Chairperson Tashobya urged for identity, honesty and patriotism as we target professionalism in sports.

He also hinted on having proper competition structures with a national infrastructure master plan so that every district can have a district sports ground.

Mustapha Nsubuga, the chairman of the National Sports Officers Association (NASOA) outlined several challenges that they encompass in the execution of their duties at hand.

Mustapha Nsubuga, the chairperson of the National Sports Officers Association (NASOA)

These challenges, according to Nsubuga, some of the challenges entail lack of promotional opportunities in service, no defined grant for sports at Local Government, salary regularization, lack of recruitment of sports officers in some Local Governments, the non-functional district sports councils, challenging transport means, limited equipment, appalling facilities and lack of capacity building for sports officers.

“We do hope that our meeting with the minister will solve most of these issues” Nsubuga hopes.

Several sports officers were also granted opportunities to exchange their ideas and views, as others shared experiences and challenges at work stations.

Sports officer with his deliberation

For starters, NASOA is responsible for ensuring better welfare of the members, promotion of physical education, sports and other co-curricular activities in schools and communities, identification, development and promotion of sports talents at grassroots among others.

Meanwhile, in a related development, NASOA is due to hold an elective assembly in March 2023 (venue will be confirmed).

L-R: Rev Duncans Mugumya, Dr Bernard Patrick Ogwel and Mustapha Nsubuga during the meeting with the minister

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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  1. It was a great experience meeting with the Sports minister, we hope much of the challenges shall be attended to in good heart for a better promotion of sports in the country!

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