June 30, 2014

The Minority in Parliament is planning to drag outgoing Minister of Youth and Sports, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah to Parliament over Ghana’s participation in the on-going World Cup tournament in Brazil.

According to the Member of Parliament (MP) of Kpandai, the Minister will have to account to Parliament since no MP was involved in Ghana’s organization towards the World Cup.

Afriyie Ankrah and his Deputy, Joseph Yamin have both been re-assigned by the President.

Although no reasons were given for the decision, it is believed that the two were reshuffled due to the appalling performance of Ghana at the World Cup which led to the country’s early elimination from the tournament.

Other matters including the agitations within the Black Stars camp leading to the dismissal of two players from the camp is also believed to have contributed to the President’s decision.

Matthew Nyindam who also serves on the Sports committee told Citi News, it is not enough for the President to re-assign the Minister in the face of what he considers a disgraceful campaign at the World Cup.

“The Minister and his Deputy failed this country, they failed us completely. They have not been able to demonstrate to Ghanaians that they have the capacity to lead,” he opined.

He interpreted their re-assignment as the President’s admission that the two failed to perform at the Sports Ministry.

But he questioned why they were not given an outright dismissal saying, “you don’t send them back to another office. What are they going to do there? Is it because the President has no priorities? Some of us think this is not the best.”

Mr. Nyindam served notice that Mr. Afriyie Ankrah will be hauled before Parliament soon “because some of us have started talking to our ranking members.”

He lamented over the complete exclusion of the Sports committee of Parliament from Ghana’s preparations towards the World Cup tournament.

“We were not involved in anything. We didn’t know what went on and as a member of the committee, I can say on authority that no Member of Parliament can say that he has played any proper oversight of what happened leading to Brazil,” he complained.