Mr. Elvis Adjei Baah, The Public Relations Officer for the Ministry of Youth and Sports has reacted to claims in the media that his outfit is not interested in implementing recommendations stated in the White Paper of the 2014 Dzamefe Commission Report.
Mr. Baah’s reaction is in response to opinions shared by observers following last Wednesday’s media interaction with President Akuffo Addo at the Flagstaff House.
The President said that he had forgotten about the White Paper but was open to advice from the Sports Ministry on the way forward.
Elvis Adjei Baah, spokesperson of the Sports Ministry told Citi Sports in an interview on Friday that it was working with the White Paper and its recommendations.
“Following the press interaction, people believe that we do not care about the White Paper but that is not true.
Since the White Paper came out, the Ministry has been trying as much as possible to ensure that the document, which came out of the Commission of Inquiry’s sitting, is followed.
Of course, there are some portions we cannot work on since they are the subject of a court case. Until that case is resolved, we will not be able to work on those areas.”
Adjei Baah went on to highlight certain recommendations the Sports Ministry has acted on since it was furnished a copy of the document.
“First of all, the White Paper is clear on carrying supporters to various tournaments. The document said that all supporters needed to be under one umbrella body and that the Ministry should not use state funds to send fans to tournaments. We have done just that.
The White Paper also spoke of standardisation of bonuses for the various national football teams. The Ministry has set the bonus to USD 5,000 across the board and the Ministry has gone on to reduce them even further in some cases.
In addition, the Ministry has gone on to ensure that no national team is paid in US dollars and payments are made through the banks. All these were recommended in the White Paper and the Ministry has followed through and implemented.”
The Dzamefe Commission of Inquiry was set up after Ghana’s poor run in the 2014 World Cup campaign in Brazil.
The Commission was to find the reasons behind the first round exit and especially, the row that occurred in the team’s camp over appearance fees and the subsequent airlifting of money from Accra to Brazil to settle the payment of appearance fees to the Black Stars players.