The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mahama Ayariga has revealed that government has no idea which individual or company airlifted some Black Stars supporters from Ghana to Equatorial Guinea for the just ended African Cup of Nations (AFCON).
“The Ministry of Youth and Sports did not spend a single pesewa to send any fan or supporter to Equatorial Guinea. Not one Ghana cedi was expended by the Ministry of Youth and Sports,” he insisted.
He added that “I was there and heard the supporters coming; it was a pleasant surprise, because we were sitting there and we were not getting support. Sometimes I had to go to the local Ghanaian community leaders to try and mobilize Ghanaians who lived there to come and support us.”
Speaking on Eyewitness News, Mahama Ayariga indicated that “I did not bring any supporter to Equatorial Guinea and so I don’t have that information to come and give to Parliament.”
Earlier the Minister who appeared before Parliament gave a detailed account of expenses made by government during the three-week tournament.
Mahama Ayariga told Parliament that government spent about $8,017,099.19 on Ghana’s preparation and participation in the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Equatorial Guinea.
Asked about government’s role in the transportation of fans to Equitorial Guinea, the minister said, “I think you should be finding that information from other sources…I know the Chief of Staff came on the instruction of the president to come and give us support and he came. When he came he spent his budget from the office of the President.”
Mahama Ayariga also told Parliament that the Ministry spent $4,774,519.19 on preparation and GHC 3,242,580.00 on Ghana’s participation in the Tournament.