FOLLOWING the revelation of widespread alleged corruption and bribery in the administration of football in this country by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, government, through the Information Ministry, issued a statement last week, announcing that it would take steps to dissolve the Ghana Football Association (GFA). This happened in the afternoon of Friday, June 08, 2018.
THEN later same day, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Asiamah, makes a categorical statement to the effect that the GFA has been dissolved! In fact, he granted interview to a few FM stations in Accra which platforms he made that categorical statement that the GFA has been dissolved.
FOR some of us in the media space, it came as no surprise when amongst the headlines that dominated, especially the print media on Friday, (June 08, 2018) included: “GFA dissolved”;“Government to dissolve GFA” amongst others. While some newspapers used the GFA dissolved headline, others maintained government to dissolve GFA.
OBVIOULSY, the media was not to be blamed, particularly when two senior ministers of the ruling government were giving conflicting statements. Indeed some FM stations used the sports minister’s statement in their evening programmes.
THAT, in fact, stirred huge public debate with some obviously excited at the sports minister’s statement, while others urged government to act with caution in dealing with the matter, bearing in mind Ghana risking a FIFA ban which will come with consequences. Now it is clear the government will eventually take steps to dissolve the GFA.
SO, therefore, the question that Today is asking is: where from the miscommunication? Where was the sports minister coming from when his colleague information minister had earlier issued a statement, which indicated that steps would be taken by government to dispense the current GFA?
FOR us at Today it was a serious gaffe that government needs to come out and if possible apologise to the good people of this country. Clearly, one would not be wrong to adduce that there is a problem somewhere.
AND ever since, the sports minister has had no cause to come back and apologise for his gaffe. It is most unfortunate that we were fed with two contrasting information by government on such an important matter that had generated huge public anger.
MOVING forward we expect government to have one voice on issues of national interest and not the kind that we experienced last week.