The Former Minister of Youth and Sports, Nii Lante Vanderpuije has refuted claims by incumbent Sports minister Isaac Kwame Asiamah that he (Nii Lantey) left the Ministry in debt of GHc51m.
The former Minister made his reaction on Oyerepa FM in Kumasi on Wednesday morning.
He indicated the said debt has been in existence since the 2008 African Cup of Nations tournament and that he did not amass the reported amount in his ten months tenure as sports minister.
He continued “the debt the minister is talking about has been there since CAN 2008 and it should not be like I left such debt when I was leaving office for the 10 months I was at office. He should had explained where this debt was coming from and what accounted for this”.
The Youth and Sports Minister on Tuesday, 13th March 2018 took his turn at the ‘Meet the Press’ series to account for his stewardship since he assumed office a year ago.
Honourable Asiamah among other things touched on the state of the ministry he supervises, the Ghana Premier League which has been held up by a legal battle between the Ghana Football Association and Accra Great Olympics and some infrastructure projects the ministry has embarked on.
Isaac Kwame Asiamah has disclosed that his government inherited a debt of GHC 51 million at the Sports Ministry when he was appointed in February last year. He said, “the accounts of the Ministry was in the red when he took over from his predecessor Nii Lantey Vanderpuije, who was the last sports minister under the eight-year tenure of the National Democratic Congress administration”.
The Sports Minister also announced a $32,000 prize package for the Black Queens for winning the 2018 WAFU Women’s championship and also made known plans by the ministry to move Ghana sports from its current state to the next level.