The Bissa Fitness Club continued its engagement of some prominent individuals ahead of its October launch, with a visit to the Burkina Faso Ambassador to Ghana, Pingrenoma Zagre at the Embassy of Burkina Faso in Accra.
The visit was aimed at formally introducing the group to the envoy, as well as inviting him to the launch of the club which is scheduled for 5 October 2019 at the Wembley Sports Complex, Kotobabi, Accra.
The group has set its sights on consulting some eminent members of the Bissa fraternity, as well as adjoining ethnic groups to foster unity and create awareness of their activities and upcoming launch. Receiving the BFC (GH) delegation, Mr Zagre expressed his excitement at the gesture from the executives of the club.
He said: “I'm overwhelmingly thrilled that you have chosen to visit me and to tell me about the Bissa Fitness Club. I must admit I have heard about your club and the activities that you are engaged in before coming here, and, I want to congratulate you all from the President and all other executives right through the general membership. It is not an easy task bringing together people of all kinds whatsoever and, so, for you to have taken such a step is very commendable. My advice to you the leadership of the club is to exhibit patience in adversity because you may face some challenges.
“Bissa people worldwide are known for their hard work and honesty, and I pray that young people like you will stay true to the values held high by the older generation.”
“I want to thank you for inviting me to the launch, and I promise to honour it. I will also offer my support to ensure that you have a successful programme.”
The club’s president, Mr Hussein Hassan Yorda, who led the delegation, thanked the ambassador for his warm reception.
He said: “My team and I appreciate you taking time off your busy schedule to welcome us; we will not disappoint you.
“Although Bissas spread across five West African Countries (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Ivory Coast, Benin), it is factually known that the ancestral home of all Bissas is Burkina Faso. It is for this reason that we thought we cannot hold such an event without consulting the highest body representing Burkina Faso in Ghana, and only thought it wise to be here.
“Thank you very much for your support. We hope to see you God willing on 5 October.”
For his part, Alhaji Issaka Osman Nombre, a member of the planning committee for the launch of the club, said, “We know the youth are our future and, so, we are giving these young men all the support that we can to ensure that when our leaders phase-out, there’ll not be a vacuum in terms of leaders who will take up the mantle and keep up the development of Bissa and Ghana at large.”
The BFC (GH) Launch Planning Committee will, in the next few weeks, schedule meetings with Sports Minister Isaac Asiamah and some prominent members of the Bissa family, including the Minister of Inner cities and Zongo Development, Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid and former Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Mr Emmanuel Bombande.
The club has also outlined outreach programmes to embark on as part of activities toward the launch.