Gov’t must come clean on funding for Eq. Guinea trip for fans – GACC

Sports News of Friday, 6 February 2015

Source: Starrfmonline.com

Ghana Supporters

The Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition has charged Ghanaians to demand accountability from government in the funding arrangement for the fans who were emplaned to support the Black Stars in their semi-final encounter with Equatorial Guinea Thursday.

Starrfmonline.com has uncovered that government spent more than $165, 000 to fly 250 fans in two chartered flights to Equatorial Guinea to watch the Black Stars’ semi-final game.

Our probe also revealed that the travels were coordinated from the office of the Chief of Staff.

Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga told Kafui Dey on Morning Starr Thursday that his ministry had nothing to do with the travels.

But speaking to Starr News, the Executive Director of the anti-graft Coalition Linda Ofori-Kwafo said the government must come clean on the issue.

“I have nothing against supporters but we need to be transparent to the democratic space.

“I’m requesting for proper planning processes. We need to know whether the resources that are being used are mobilised by ministries or by corporate bodies.

“We are interested to know how state resources, whether mobilised by individuals or not are used for and how they are spent. When it comes who supported what, everyone runs away and that is not good enough,” she noted.

She said Ghanaian must understand that politicians by their nature will not come out on their own to explain issues of such nature.

“Ghanaians have a responsibility as civil society groups and individuals to demand for transparency and accountability in these matters”.

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