First Lady Welcomes Idea of Modern Sports Complexes in Uganda

The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Hon. Mrs. Janet Museveni has said that establishing modern sports complexes in Uganda is a project that the country really needs.

She was meeting a delegation of investors from the Arab Republic of Egypt who paid a courtesy call on her at State House Nakasero on Wednesday. In attendance was the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Education and Sports Dr. Rose Nassali Lukwago.

The delegation led by Enerica Pinetti included officials from Wadi Degla Holdings which runs the Wadi Degla Sports Clubs in Egypt and from the Egypt Kuwait Holdings which seeks to invest in electricity generation and distribution.

The Chairman Wadi Degla Holdings Adel Samy informed the First Lady about their proposal to set up modern sports centres in Uganda similar to those in Egypt where people can train to become professional athletes and in other sports and recreational activities.

He said that this venture will be under the public private partnership and Government will be able to benefit from the revenue generated. He said his Organization had already entered into an agreement with the National Council of Sports and now awaits the procurement process to be completed. He however expressed the requirement of a big piece of land to house the sports complex which can then be built in less than a year.

The First Lady pointed out the need for the Ministry of Education and Sports to play their part. “Let’s do our part and quicken the process of enabling this good project that Uganda really needs”, she said.

The agreement to set up a Sports Centre in Uganda by Wadi Degla Holdings was reached during a benchmarking trip to Egypt by a delegation from Uganda led by the Minister of State for Sports Hon. Charles Bakabulindi.