Minister of Youth and Sports, Mahama Ayariga has accused Ghanaian journalists demanding details about the expenditure incurred for the just ended African Cup of Nations (AFCON) of asking him ‘useless questions.’
The Minister, who is also the MP for Bawku Central, says he has better things to do than answer ‘useless questions’ from journalists who ‘have no understanding of public administration’ yet ask for the budget of the Black Stars to be made public.
‘You should ask questions that will add more value to the sports ministry and not ask questions about things and procedures you don’t have any knowledge about’ he stated on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem morning show on Thursday, after which he dropped the phone.
He had earlier done his phone banging act the night before on the station’s political show Burning Issues, hosted by Afia Pokua.
Ghanaians have been demanding a detailed account of how much the country spent on the Black Stars and the technical team before and during the tournament.
The incessant calls notwithstanding, Mahama Ayariga refused to disclose the budget allocation for the 2015 AFCON with the explanation that the budget report will be submitted to the appropriate authorities.
He disclosed to Parliament yesterday that government spent about $8,017,099.19 on Ghana’s preparation and participation in the AFCON tournament in Equatorial Guinea.
He noted that what he expected from journalists were questions that would bring development to the sports ministry and the way forward rather than asking questions that are not beneficial to the ministry.
‘ It is not my job to respond to useless questions as far as the AFCON 2015 is concerned. Talk about the developmental issues of the ministry and not questions that will not benefit us.’
He continued: ‘I am not the Auditor General to be explaining the budget to journalists and so if you need any explanations, just go to the Auditor General and not me. You need to be fair to the Black Stars’ he fumed.
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