Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah has disclosed that his government is ready to implement the Dzamefe Commission Report which has become a white elephant four years after its birth.
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.
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.
Below are highlights of the Minister’s address
We inherited GH¢51 million debt
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”.
Having already cut sods for renovation works on the Accra Sports Stadium and Azumah Nelson Sports Complex, Isaac Asiamah spoke of the government’s commitment to sports infrastructure.
He assured the press that the government will continue to refurbish other sports facilities and also build sports complexes in the 10 regions.
Government is implementing Dzamefe Commission White Paper
The Dzamefe Commission was set up by the former government to investigate the circumstance that led to the debacle that befell Ghana in the 2014 World Cup.
4 years on, questions pertaining to the implementation of the commission’s work still remain, with some people alleging that the minister is unwilling to implement the recommendations because the GFA president who is his friend was incriminated by the report.
But Isaac Asiamah says his outfit is already executing the works of the commission.
“Per the White Paper, there are recommendations that were accepted fully, some were accepted with modifications and others were rejected outright. “What we are implementing are the ones that were accepted by the previous government, he stated.