Parl’t to probe GFA

Parliament will set up a select committee to investigate the corruption at the Ghana Football Association (GFA) uncovered by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Bodi, Sampson Ahi, proposed an investigative committee on the floor of the House.

But the official motion was filed by the Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak, and seconded by Majority Leader, Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu.

The members of the committee will be decided today, Friday, June 8, 2018.

The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Aaron Ocquaye, stressed that “Parliament had the power to make laws to regulate professional, trade and business organisations… “for that matter, we are entitled to look into that matter and come to a conclusion one way or the other.”

Two legislators- Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong, and Lawra MP, Anthony Karbo, were also seriously tainted by the revelations.

In the video, Kwesi Nyantakyi alleged that Anthony Karbo was his middleman to get potential investors to the presidency.

Anthony Karbo also the Deputy Minister for Roads and Highways was invited by the CID and interrogated on Monday, May 28, 2018.

There was also the suggestion from Anthony Karbo that Kennedy Agyapong was given control of the ministry of transport as a reward.

This, the embattled GFA boss alleged in the video that it was due to the controversial MP’s campaign contributions to the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Kwesi Nyantakyi was also heard telling undercover reporters that the Transport Minister, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, was the Assin Central MP’s pick.

The extent of corruption in the Anas’ documentary has left Ghanaians stunned.

Several high ranking members in the GFA, including its President, Kwesi Nyantakyi,, have been implicated in acts of corruption.

Many Ghanaian FA officials and referees were caught in match-fixing deals.

Top football administrators were also reportedly seen taking money to give footballers call-ups to the national team and more playing time.

For instance, the Greater Accra Regional FA boss, Eddie Doku, was caught on tape taking a bribe to influence game times for a player in the Black Stars Team B.

Following these revelations, longtime critic of the GFA and Odododiodio MP, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, has called on the government to dissolve the entire hierarchy of the GFA.

He viewed this as the only solution, following the alleged rot uncovered.

“The government must dissolve the GFA with immediate effect and face the consequences from FIFA… it is the only thing that will save Ghana Football. Nigeria did it, and today they are reaping the benefits. They incurred a six-month ban for it, but today they are in the World Cup,” Nii Lantey Vanderpuye said on the Citi Breakfast Show.

 

Story: Franklin ASARE DONKOR

Writer’s email: franklin.asare-donkoh@todaygh.com

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