NDC applauds Akufo-Addo’s swift action over visa scandal

President Akufo-Addo’s decision to suspend two top officials including a deputy minister in the wake of the ‘fraudulent’ acquisition of Australian visas ought to be commended, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, Ranking Member of the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament has said.

It emerged that about 60 Ghanaians who travelled to Australia for the Commonwealth Games as journalists, athletes and officials were imposters and some have since been deported.

The Ghana Olympic Committee has been accused of facilitating the acquisition of visas.

Deputy Sports Minister Pius Enam Hadzide and the acting Director General of the National Sports Authority, Robert Sarfo Mensah had subsequently been suspended following preliminary investigations conducted into the circumstances by the Criminal Investigation Department.

Pius Hadzide was  the Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Committee.

Minority Spokesperson on Communications, A.B.A. Fuseini last  told 3FM News the suspension of the Deputy Sports Minister was  unconstitutional and cosmetic.

But commenting on the issue on TV3’s New Day, at the weekend , Alhaji Inusah Fuseini believed  the president took the right decision.

He wondered the kind of due diligence the deputy sports minister and the Olympics Committee did before recommending the people to the Australian High Commission for visa.

“And that is why we commend the president, but indeed we have to go further,” he said.

The MP noted that visa fraud has over the years been “eating our credibility”, and backed calls for the “embarrassment” caused by the latest visa racketeering to be seriously investigated.

 

Story: Kofi OWUSU TAWIAH

Writer’s email: kofi.tawiah@todaygh.com

 

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