Dis-service to Ghana: Ayariga was a disappointment – Herbert Mensah


Former Chief Executive officer  of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Herbert Mensah has said that former Minister of Youth and Sports, Mahama Ayariga did a big disservice to president John Dramani Mahama as Sports Minister.

Mahama Ayariga who became the 14th Sports Minister in 11 years, held the position for only eight months before he was reassigned to the Ministry of Environment.

Speaking to Accra – based radio station, Citi FM on why only the Sports Ministry has had 15 ministers in 12 years, Herbert Mensah said;

“The problem has been the choice and nature of the people who had held the portfolio and this is important.

“I think the appointment of the various, like the recent past one (Mahama Ayariga), did a big disservice to his Excellency the president because clearly: there was lack of competency, there was lack of vision,’ he said.

According to Mr. Mensah, the utterance of Ayariga about Ghanaian journalists ‘was unbecoming of somebody in public office’.

The former Sports Minister said journalists ask ‘useless questions’ when he was asked to break down the budget Black Stars spent during the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, and said he owe no one any explanation as to how monies are spent on the national team, apart from the Auditor general.

Mr Herbert Mensah wants the president to appoint people who have got knowledge about sports and love it to the Ministry.

“I think that first and foremost, we need to get people who are really understand sports, have the love for it and appreciate that sports is a global phenomenon (into the sports Ministry),’ he added.

Alhaji Mustapha, a dentist by profession, replaced Mahama Ayariga as sports Minister

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