Sports Minister Presents Budget for 2015 AFCON

Minister for Youth and Sports, Mahama Ayariga, has disclosed that government approved a total of GH¢18.5m for Ghana's preparation and participation in the 2015 AFCON tournament.

 

The minister made this known yesterday on the floor of Parliament in a statement on Ghana's participation in the tournament.

He said the amount comprises US$4,774,519.19 and GH¢ 3,242,580.

According to him, out of the figure an amount of US$932,740 and GH¢3,242,580 were approved for the boarding and lodging, air fare, perdiem, friendly matches and other expenses of the team for its training camp in Seville, Spain .

He said an amount of US$608,640 was also approved for allowances, boarding and lodging and other expenses for the players and officials for the tournament.

He informed the legislators that an amount of "US$3,224,138.20 was approved for the bonuses and honorarium for the players, technical and management teams as well as other officials of the team."

He also disclosed that the winning bonuses and honoraria of the technical team and other officials were reduced by between 20% and 30% of the previous payment structure.

However, soon after his presentation some members from the minority side of the House urged the minister to provide a much detailed expenditure breakdown for the public to know how their taxes were spent.

They wondered why the Youth and Sports Minister decided to present the team’s budget to the House after the tournament and not before the team’s departure for the tournament in Equatorial Guinea.

The Minority Spokesperson on Youth, Sports and Culture, Isaac Assiamah, said the estimates given by the minister was inconclusive and demanded further explanation on the budget.

The Deputy Minority Leader, Dominic Nitiwul, urged the minister to tell the House the amount the Ghana National Petroleum Authority (GNPC) and other sponsors spent on the team in addition to the GH¢18.5 million.

But the Speaker, Edward Adjaho, prevented members from the minority from interrogating the minister and explained that the minister came to make a statement on the team’s participation in the tournament, and not to be queried by members.

“This is just a statement, not debate. If anyone has any problem with the information given by the minister, there are tools available to them to channel their concerns,” he said and commended the minister for putting the information across.

Mr. Ayariga, assured that he would be available on any day to address the concerns of members and denied rumors that the state airlifted supporters to support the Black Stars in Equatorial Guinea.

Source: ISD (Gilbert Ankra )