The Upper West Regional Boxing Federation has expressed disappointment at how the federation have been treated by the Regional Minister, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Wa Central Constituency, Dr. Rashid Pelpuo, and the Wa Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Issahaku Tahiru Moomin.
This comes at the wake of the inability of the trio to facilitate movement of some boxers in the region to go and participate in the 2022 National Individual Boxing Championship which is taking place in Accra between 17th February and 19th February, 2022.
According to the Regional President of the Ghana Boxing Federation and Chairman for the northern sector, Apanga Bawa, all efforts made to get support from those who matter to travel for the event proved futile. He said they had lost all hope until Hajia Humu Awudu came to their aid. He lamented how the Minister, MCE and MP tossed them in their quest to represent the region at the national event. Mr. Bawa indicated that while the regional minister told them, pointblank, that he has no money for them to travel, the MCE said he was going to board a flight to Accra and could not attend to them on their last visit to his office on the matter.
The Northern Sector Chairman said he was particularly disappointed in Dr. Rashid Pelpuo, given that the MP has practiced the sport before and is fully aware of the struggles boxers face in the region. According to him, the only help Rashid Pelpuo could offer was telling the federation that he has relayed their appeal to the regional minister and the MCE, but has since stopped answering their calls.
Mr. Apanga Bawa said it is painful that the political leadership in the region do not see the need to support the growth of sports, particularly boxing. He bemoaned the lack of befitting boxing ring in the region and other logistics such as gloves, mouthguard, punching bags, headgear and among others. He indicated that they have continuously written to the necessary authorities to help them address these challenges, but have received no positive response. He noted that boxing like many other sporting disciplines has the potential to create opportunities for the people and propel the growth of the region, thus, urged the general public to begin investing in the sport.
Meanwhile, the contingent of thirteen (13) boxers and coaches are currently in the national capital for the competition, thanks to the benevolence of Hajia Humu Awudu, 2020 parliamentary candidate for NPP in the Wa Central Constituency. The philanthropic politician who only heard of the plight of the boxers with two days to the event generously donated an amount of GHS 2,000.00 to the Regional Federation to ensure that boxers in the Upper West region are not left out in the national event.
Making the donation on behalf of Hajia Humu, Mr. Abdulai Issah Kpegla noted this is the first of many supports that his boss will be offering to the federation. He said Hajia Humu is a development-oriented person, and that she will continue to support anything that can develop the people of the Wa Municipality and the Upper West region as a whole.
Mr. Kpegla charged the boxers to be focused and not be distracted by the lack of support from those elected or appointed into various offices. He urged them to go fight and bring home a medal from the national championship.
The boxers and their chairman expressed gratitude for the kind gesture and pledged to do their best to ensure the region’s name is boldly written in the boxing history of Ghana. They used the opportunity to pray for the success of Hajia Humu in her endeavours and called on other leaders to emulate her steps.
This is one of many donations the former NPP Parliamentary Candidate has done in recent times. Before this, she made a donation to help connect the Boli M/A Primary and JHS to the national electricity grid to facilitate ICT learning. She had earlier through the Hajia Humu Foundation’s “Back to School” project supported about 1,250 needy pupils in 45 community schools in the Wa Municipality with school uniforms, books, pens and pencils, and also donated five (5) laptop computers to the five educational units in the area.