Posted on 08/28/2021 at 9:25 p.m. by AFP
Construction work on 10 Agoras in Côte d’Ivoire was officially launched on Friday in Abidjan, during a ceremony to lay the foundation stone at the Lycée technique de Yopougon, in the west of the Ivorian economic capital.
The launch of this program was held in the presence of Mr. Paulin Claude Danho, Ivorian Minister for the Promotion of Sports and the Development of the Sports Economy, and Mr. Koffi Nguessan, the Minister of Technical Education, vocational training and apprenticeship.
This ceremony, which marks the start of the construction of these next ten socio-sports infrastructures in Côte d’Ivoire, also took part in the first deputy mayor of Yopougon, the representative of the French ambassador and Mr. Régis Charpentier, President of Winwin Africa, “promoter” of this project.
This program will be carried out in Abidjan and in municipalities in the interior of the country. Its realization took place in July 2019 with the inauguration of the Agora of Koumassi, in the presence of Emmanuel Macron.
In these Agoras, sports and cultural infrastructures and a social ecosystem will be built. These places will also be a space for training young people on themes linked to the issue of sustainable development.
Mr. Paulin Danho has also announced, from next month, the renovation, equipment and construction of local sports infrastructure at the national level for a value of 45 billion CFA francs.
Côte d’Ivoire, which is home to the African Cup of Nations (CAN) football, in 2023, has committed more than 350 billion CFA francs for the construction and rehabilitation of sports infrastructure to host this great sports mass.
The president of Winwin Africa, Mr. Charpentier, indicated that these Agoras will welcome shops of associations and NGOs. However, in each municipality, the facilities will be adapted according to the expectations of the populations.
The Minister of Technical Education, Vocational Training and Apprenticeship Koffi Nguessan, specified that this Agora is intended for students of the technical high school of Yopougon and for all populations. He revealed that he had requested the construction of this Agora in this high school.
This laying of the first stone of the Agora comes after the successful opening to the public of the demonstrator in the town of Koumassi (South Abidjan). Five will be built in the municipalities of Abidjan (Port-Bouët, Yopougon, Abobo, Attecoubé) and five others in the municipalities of Béoumi, M’Batto, Boundiali, Touba, Dimbokro and Guiglo.
The works of the ten sites will begin simultaneously in order to be able to deliver these infrastructures at the beginning of 2023. To carry out this project, the company Winwin Africa has joined forces with the Alamo company for the studies and the construction of the infrastructures.
This event illustrates the will of the Ivorian government to offer citizens local sports infrastructure with the aim of deploying the program and eventually building 91 Agoras across the country.
The “AGORA” program is part of the general framework of the National Sport Policy of Côte d’Ivoire and PAPMAS (the Support Program for the Promotion of Sport for All and Mass Sport).