Horace Ankrah accuses World Cup Commission of unfairly judging him

Chairman of the Events, Grounds and Logistics Sub-Committee of the Brazil 2014 World Cup Committee, Horace Nii Ayi Ankrah on Wednesday accused Justice Senyo Dzamefe of the Commission investigating Ghana’s participation at the World Cup of being judgmental on the issue of the cost per meal of football fans airlifted to Brazil.

He made the statement in reaction to negative media reports generated from his accounts at the Commission’s hearing Tuesday, which suggested that the Committee deliberately changed proposed quotations from caterers for feeding supporters airlifted to Brazil from Ghȼ34 to $35.

“My Lords, I don’t think that I was given any fair chance because you were insistent that a 34 [cedis] had been changed to a 35 dollars and then My Lords, you went on to say that ‘I have more questions for you tomorrow; you’ll see’.

“You kept on saying that this is a fact-finding Commission but yesterday, at the tail end of what happened you were judgmental and that is my pain,” Nii Ayi Ankrah argued on his second appearance before the Commission.

The former UK/Ireland Chair of the governing National Democratic Congress said: “I was judged straight away of changing 34 cedis to 35 dollars”.

When the Chairman of the Commission, Justice Senyo Dzamefe enquired why he could not provide answers to questions he was asked on Tuesday as he did today, Nii Ayi Ankrah retorted: “Respectfully, it’s your attitude”.

But the Chairman demanded an immediate withdrawal of the statement. The witness immediately withdrew the statement and apologised.

“My Lord, I sincerely apologise but I’m trying to get over what I went through yesterday,” he pleaded.

A member of the commission, Kofi Owusu Anokye said the commissioners could not be faulted for the wrong impressions created on Tuesday because they only relied on documents and facts available to them.told him they only sought to ask questions from documents he submitted in exhibit.

The documents available to them, he stressed, indicated clearly that even though one of the caterers contracted to provide catering services for the football fans in Brazil had submitted quotes of 34 cedis person, the organisers of the trip had paid $35. told him they only sought to ask questions from documents he submitted in exhibit

Mr. Ankrah took the opportunity to explain that two other caterers –  Monees Foods and Amber Foods – presented proposals for cost of $62 and $68 respectively, to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to the fans each. day

According to him, the planning committee realised that the 34 cedis proposed by Kenkey Boutique was not realistic and therefore decided to strike an average of all the three proposals and settled on $35 per fan a day.

The Commissioners raised issues with the fact that even though this $35 was agreed between the caterers and the organisers as the cost of daily feeding of one football supporter in Brazil, the money was not paid to them; the organisers bought the food items allowing the caterers to just cook and serve.

Mr. Ankrah said he could not speak to that because he was not in Brazil

Meanwhile, Nii Ayi Ankrah revealed, he received a pay of “only Ghȼ1,200”, the equivalent of $324 dollars, for the six months that he served on the committee.

“I got paid only 1,200 for the four months of my hard work and dedicated service to the committee,” Nii Ayi Ankrah said on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 on his second appearance at the sitting of the Commission investigating Ghana’s participation at the tournament.

Thus, he received just Ghȼ200 or a little over $54 a month, for his work on the Committee from January to July 2014. Story by Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Jerry Tsatro Mordy | [email protected]

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