Ghana’s Ministry of Youth and Sports is in the news again for the wrong reasons and Ghanaians are furious about their intransigence — flying money in a jet like what they did during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil that got the world stunned!
The ministry led by its boss Dr. Mustapha Ahmed over the weekend flew $200,000 in cash on a plane to Rwanda to pay-off some outstanding bonuses owed the Black Stars in order to forestall another standoff with the players. The money was specifically the winning bonus for the Black Stars’ 7-1 drabbing of Mauritius in a previous AFCON qualifier.
This is in clear breach of the recommendations of the Justice Senyo Dzamefe Commission set up to look into the 2014 World Cup fiasco — which stated clearly that the only ways payment to players and officials on national team assignments should be made are by, bank transfers to the accounts of all beneficiaries and order cheques in the name of the beneficiaries.
However, the high-powered government delegation flouted this recommendation even though one of the team’s sponsors, Unibank have constantly indicated their willingness to wire bonuses electronically in Ghana to prevent the need for flying so much money abroad.