The sporting sector of Ghana has been thrown into controversy once again after the President of the State, Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo made an emphatic remark that he has forgotten about the report issued by the Damafe Commission in 2014 after the World Cup in Brazil.
Nana Addo made the comment during an interaction with the media from the various regions of Ghana at the Flagstaff House in Accra on Wednesday.
Mishappenings during the 2014 FIFA World Cup caused the then government led by the Ex. President John Mahama to set up the a commission of inquiry to investigate the embarrassment caused by the team that represented the nation in Brazil.
The three member commission led by Justice Dzamefe included Barristers , Moses Foe Amoaning and Anokye revealed various sensitive issues including several cases of alleged embezzlement of state funds as well as the reason behind the infamous airlifting of 3 million dollars to pay Black Stars players.
According to the President, the White Paper hasn’t come before him since he assumed office.
He, however, stated his belief that the Sports Minister would brief him on the report and the recommendations which were made in due course.
“Am I interested in the 2014 white paper? On these matters, truth is usually the best answer. To be honest, I’ve forgottten about the 2014 White Paper. But I have no doubt that my Minister of Sports is fully up to it and will advise in due course what should be the reaction of me and the government to it. But it has not been something that has been very much on my radar,” he said.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports has however failed to make any concrete statement on the implementation of the White paper in their one year in charge.
On Sports Minister
The President went on to express his candid opinion on the works of his first Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah after a year in office.
“The output of the Sports Minister, so far so good as far as I’m concerned. If your opinion is different then for the time being on his retention in office, it’s my view that matters.” Nana Addo stated.
Ghana Football Association
He also spoke on the lingering issues relating to the Ghana Football Association with respect to mismanagement and corruption in Ghana’s football. The Kwasi Nyantakyi headed GFA has seen some media bash as they have been branded on the most corrupted institution in Ghana.
As a result of this there is a public out cry for the incumbent government to pay critical attention to the works of the GFA where perpetrators would be arrangement before the law courts for justice.
“As far as mismanagement within the Football Association is concerned, my understanding is that GFA by FIFA rules is supposed to be an independent organisation. Those who are involved in football administration in this country will deal with issues of mismanagement,” The first gentleman said.