The Director of Sports at the University of Ghana, Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu, has been appointed by the International Centre of Martial Arts for Youth Development and Engagement under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to serve a 3-year term on its Governing Body.
He will join six others who will supervise, manage and determine the activities of the Centre to promote the core mandate of UNESCO towards promoting culture, sports and education among children and youth.
The Secretary-General of the Centre, Mrs. Ama Serwaa Nerquaye-Tetteh, on behalf of the Chairman of the Ghana National Commission for UNESCO has sent a congratulatory message to Dr. Bitugu on his new appointment.
She was hopeful that the University of Ghana Sports Director will bring his expertise to bear to further the objectives and work of the Centre as he uplifts the image of Ghana and the African continent.
Dr. Bigutu, reacting to the appointment, said that it was a testament of his ability to deliver in the area where UNESCO is mandated for children and youth in education, culture and sports.
“I am grateful to all fraternities I have worked with who have contributed to this feat – colleagues at the University of Ghana, Ghana Universities Sports Association and so on. I am fully aware that I am representing Ghana, the Sub-Region and Africa as a continent and clearly the youth and children across the globe. I hope the support will keep on coming so I can deliver better and more to build upon what has been achieved so far” he said.
Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu is the current Chair of the International Scientific Network on Sport for Development and Peace. Among other appointments held are:
A former board member of Football Against Racism in Europe, former international board member for International Sport Platform at George Mason University in the United States of America, consultant and expert for FIFA, UEFA, European Commission, Austrian Government, Africa Union, UNESCO, United Nations Office on Drug and Crime, SOS International and Hermann Gmeiner Fond Deutschland, Ghana Football Association Appeals Committee member, Ministry of Youth and Sports Ghana, GIZ, the former Country Director of Right To Play Ghana among many others.