Mr Speaker, these are among many plans and strategies that Government is putting in place to address the challenges facing our sports. And of course, in terms of building capacity, the college is strategically being equipped to meet that demand of training our own to take up the challenges and expect us to really move sports to that expected pedestal.
Mr Speaker, Sports development is very important, and in fact, it is becoming a business in other jurisdictions. I believe that with the much talked about Sports Bill, I can only urge that it is worked on quickly, so that we can all have a working document that would spell out all the
parameters for all stakeholders to participate effectively -- to promote sports across, and not only in terms of football and maybe -- yes, in terms of football, but it would be all encompassing, taking into consideration, all the other sporting activities.
To touch a little on chieftaincy, Mr Speaker, there are some wonderful achievements by the Government because we have all -- and I know we would all appreciate the efforts by our chiefs in our various towns and villages, and the way they are able to solve myriads of problems that come before them from their subjects. There is the need to build their capacity, just to be able to deliver those services, and help promote the cohesion for development. If you read, Mr Speaker - may I refer you to the Budget Statement, page 114, paragraph 619. There has been some great achievement there, and Mr Speaker, I beg to quote:
“Mr Speaker, the Ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection organised a workshop for Queen Mothers from each region with the aim of empowering them to play frontline roles in addressing challenges of infant mortality, early marriage and school dropouts.”
These are just some of the issues that come before this wonderful traditional leaders, and I know that if this is supported, and their capacity built, we would go a long way in building a wonderful society at the grassroot, to foster that wonderful development that we are all hoping for.
If you also look at some other achievements in that sector, -- Mr Speaker, paragraph 620 talks about some great works and with your permission, I beg to read;
“Mr Speaker, the Ministry adjudicated 4 Chieftaincy cases through the judicial process and facilitated the appointment of 6 Counsels to the National House of Chiefs as well as 5 Regional Houses of Chiefs. In 2015, the Ministry will adjudicate cases by judicial process and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), respectively to reduce the backlog of cases before the Houses of Chiefs.”
I would want to reiterate that this definitely has become potentially, a huge source of some strives in the districts, confusion, and that also threatens peace in those areas. I believe that when they build that capacity for them and supported in this way, we would be able to build a good and a very wonderful society that would advance the socioeconomic development of the various localities, and the country as a whole.
With these few words Mr Speaker, I thank you very much.