We Must Fight Corruption In Sports With All Seriousness- Isaac Asiamah
The minister-designate for Ministry of Youth and Sports, Hon. Isaac Asiamah, has said Ghana needs to be serious in the fight against corruption in the sports sector.
According to him, enough mechanisms have been put in place to check the canker, however, no serious attention has been given to it.
He said various stakeholders and parliament’s select committee on Sports, need to ensure that the various government agencies in sports are accountable as a way of dealing with corruption in the sector.
Speaking before Parliament’s Appointments Committee on Tuesday, 7th February, 2017, Hon. Asiamah noted that dealing with corruption in sports must not be considered a duty of only the Sports Ministry, but all stakeholders must get involved.
“We must ensure that whatever we do, there is transparency and accountability, so if there is accountability in the process we can fight corruption. There are enough accountability mechanisms in place to check any ministry if we are serious with fighting corruption. There are enough accountability mechanisms but it is about how serious we are as a country.”
“Parliament, our job is to fight corruption, so we are all equally responsible for fighting corruption,” he said.
He called on Parliament for assistance to aid the Ministry of Sports to carry out its mandate effectively.
Hon. Isaac Asiamah also noted that, he would ensure that the Ghana Football Association (GFA), routes all of its programmes and documentations through the National Sports Authority, rather than have direct interaction with the Sports Ministry.
There has been a long standing rift between the Ghana Football Association and the Ministry of Sports, over the latter’s interference in the activities of the Football Association, and the senior national soccer team, the Black Stars.
He expressed concerns that there were some regions in the country that do not have sporting clubs, adding that there was the need for at least a club in each region as a way of promoting local football.
On the issue of local Ghanaian players making it to the senior national team, the Black Stars, the Minister designate said he will be proposing a quota for players in the Ghana Premier League to be selected into the Black Stars.
This became a topical issue as Ghana went into just ended African Cup of Nations without featuring a local player from the Ghana Premiere League on the field of play.
Mr. Isaac Asiamah told the Parliament’s Appointments Committee that he plans to get a quota for players who are based in Ghana to be selected into the Black Stars.
“I will be engaging the Ghana Football Association to try and get a quota for local players to be selected into the Black Stars,” Asiamah told the vetting panel
“In the just ended Africa Cup of Nations, there were no home-based outfield players, and I feel it was bad for our league so I will try and talk for them when given the nod.”
Hon. Isaac Asiamah also promised to use dialogue and not public banter to get his points across when he is given the opportunity to represent the ministry.
In the recent past, there have been concerns about previous ministers engaging the Ghana Football Association (GFA) in a media cold war to the detriment of the development of sports in the country.
But Mr. Asiamah said, he has a plan to indulge all stakeholders to dialogue in order to iron out issues.
“I will not be using “buga buga [violent]” tactics, I will be ensuring that I engage the Ghana Football Association. We cannot afford to be going at each other publicly. I think that Kwesi Nyantakyi has done a lot for Ghana Football.”
“We qualified for the world Cup on three occasions under him; and even though I admit there is a lot we can do to improve sports, I think the best way to go is to dialogue.”