MP accuses Sports Minister and his deputy of playing football with World Cup budget figures

first_imgA ranking member of the Youth and Sports Committee in Parliament is accusing the Sports Minister and his deputy of playing football with the budget for Ghana’s preparation for the 2014 World Cup.According to Isaac Asiamah, the deputy Sports Minister Joseph Yamin told the Committee that an amount of 24 million cedis had been budgeted for the Stars’ preparation to Brazil 2014.But when the substantive minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah appeared before the House on Tuesday, he said no figure has yet been budgeted for next year’s World Cup.The Minister said any figure mentioned could only be “speculative” because he has not received any budget from the FA.He ran the legislators through a tall list of sponsors including, Guinness, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), and their annual sponsorship sum, but insisted no budget has yet been made available.Speaking to Joy News, the Ranking Member of the Committee Isaac Asiamah deplored the controversy in the figures being bandied about. He found it intriguing that the Deputy Minister would tell Parliament that a figure of 24 million had been budgeted for the Black Stars’ preparation only for his substantive minister to rubbish the figures and describe it as purely speculative.Even more serious is the claim by the Minister that no budget has yet been made for the Black Stars in 2014, Isaac Asiamah argued.He said Parliament will by tomorrow pass the Appropriation Act which will empower the executive to spend monies for the 2014 financial year.So for the Minister to tell Parliament that there is no budget yet for the  Black Stars for the 2014 financial year is unacceptable.”Parliament has to be taken seriously” he told Joy News’ Evans Mensah, adding, he will pursue the case to its logical conclusion. In a reaction, the deputy Minister Joseph Yamin admitted that he had told the committee the budget for the Black Stars’ preparation was 24 million cedis but was quick to add that figure was only an estimate.According to him, the substantive Minister knew about the 24 million cedis estimate but did not say if he had the authority of the minister to disclose it to Parliament.last_img

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