The Majority Leader of Parliament Hon. Kyei Mensah Bonsu has revealed that the Parliamentary Select Committee on Mines and Energy has instructed the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) to withdraw their sponsorship package for the Back Stars.
The Black Stars of Ghana landed a sponsorship deal with the GNPC in 2013, with the company pledging $3 million over five years.
“The Parliamentary Select Committee on Mines and Energy have told GNPC to cancel their sponsorship of the Black Stars since it’s not worth it,” Hon. Mensah Bonsu told Kumasi-based radio station Nhyira FM.
“The committee is not ready to approve the amount in their (GNPC) budget slated for the Black Stars. The GFA (Ghana Football Association) can make a case at the Presidency if they want government to pay the coach of the Black Stars or sponsor the team,” he further explained.
This development comes as no surprise as Hon. Mensah Bonsu had criticized GNPC’s sponsorship of the senior national team last month.
“On our oil money, many people will agree GNPC’s allocation is not sustainable. We are therefore going to divert some of their allocations to other very productive ventures in the country,” he told pressmen.
“GNPC cannot just be using government funds to sponsor supporters of the Black Stars, fat salaries for coaches et al and I think this is not the way to go.”
The GNPC is currently helmed by former Asante Kotoko Chief Executive Kofi Koduah Sarpong.