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Sports News of Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Source: Football Ghana

We are implementing Dzamefe Commission White Paper - Sports Minister

Youth and Sports Minister, Isaac Kwame Asiamah says they are implementing the recommendations accepted by the previous government in 2014 Dzamefe Commission.

Former president, John Dramani Mahama instituted the commission to enquire what led to Ghana's early exit from the 2014 FIFA World Cup held in Brazil.

In the president’s meet the press early this year, he admitted he has forgotten about the 2014 White Paper report but Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah, in an interaction held in Accra on Tuesday, Asiamah stated that the Sports Ministry are implementing the white paper.

“Per the White Paper, there are recommendations that were accepted fully, some were accepted with modifications and others were rejected outright.

“What we are implementing are the ones that were accepted by the previous government.

“We have caused the various supporters group to form a national supporters group, prize money for the national teams are being accounted to the Ministry, we have gone ahead to pass a Sports Bill, the GFA is making full declarations on its friendly matches, the GFA President is no longer the chairman of the Black Stars management committee and the players are not being paid in dollars. They are paid in cedis and they are paid with cheques.

“All these show that we are complying with everything stated in the White Paper.”

The Dzamefe Commission Report White Paper mentioned certain personalities and asked for some actions to be taken against these persons but Asiamah said the Ministry could not do anything until he had legal clearance.

“There are some people indicted in the White Paper and according to the law, they have six months to contest the claims in court. Until the court takes a decision, I cannot venture into those areas. The rule of law prevails in this country and we need to respect the laws.”

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