Ex Youth and Sports Minister, Nii Lantey Vanderpuije has indicated that some GFA officials attempted to bribe him while he was in office under the erstwhile government.
Nii Lantey, MP for Odododiodio and former Sports Minister who was on the different score with the GFA officials as they settle their differences in the media claimed despite 40 sports federations, 99% of the Sports Ministry funds goes to the GFA all because the ministers were influenced.
He also explained that some Sports Ministers are influenced into approving outrageous budgets presented by the GFA without proper scrutiny.
He also explained why there have been so many Ministers at the Ministry saying; “It is not only Muntaka (Mubarak), but I know what led to the downfall of Rashid Pelpuo and several other ministers”.
In an interview with Saddick Adams on Atinka TV’s Sports Court Show, the outspoken former Minister said he was offered huge monies by some GFA officials which he rejected.
“There were attempts to bribe me; there were financial attempts made by some GFA officials but I was smarter than them. I rejected envelopes that was sent to me without proper source”.
“You have to ask why I never travelled with the national teams on their trips whiles I was in office. When a minister travels with the team, a lot of things happen”, he added.
“I have been in this and I know. Whiles on trip with the team, they’ll bring you an envelope full of money in dollars and you’ll not even be allowed to sign for it”, Nii Lante indicated.
“I will say some of the previous sports ministers were not so much on top of football issues and so they made some payments and approved budgets which were way off”, the former Minister said.
Former Lands and Minerals Minister Inusah Fuseni planted a camera in his office but still kept it there when he left office leading to some agitations in the Ghanaian circus but Nii Lante lamented that it was not only the ex Lands Minister who had a camera in his office but he was also having one saying;
“It is not only Inusah Fuseini who planted a camera in his office. I also had a camera and I recorded all the suspicious meetings I had in my office”.
“There are a lot of things that I have kept because I know that if I break silence, it will not end well for Ghana football”, he concluded.
Nii Lante and the GFA has not been on the same line in terms of agreement since he became the Sports Minister and has still been accusing them with the latest being attempting to bribe him.