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Accounts of Sports Ministry blocked over $20m debt

An accrued debt amounting to $20million from Ghana’s hosting of the 2008 Africa Cup of Nation has caused the bank accounts of the Ministry of Youth and Sports to be frozen by the courts.

Service providers who worked on behalf of the 2008 Local Organising Committee (LOC) on credit dragged the Sports Ministry before the law courts after years of unending failure to settle them.

“Our accounts have been frozen due to an accrued debt by the LOC because a lot of service providers had not been paid for providing the following; accommodation, flights, tickets et al,” the director of Communications at the Sports Ministry, Ottor Plahar revealed.

This, he says has accounted for the Ministry’s inability to settle certain payments to some national associations including Ghana’s U-17 female football side, the Black Maidens who had participated in the Fifa U-17 World Cup in Jordan and returned home last weekend without receiving any match bonus nor their per diems pegged at $100.

“Upon settling the Maidens’ arrears the order was served the bank to prevent us from withdrawing due to the $20 million debt we owe.”

“Meanwhile, we are working around the clock to get our legal team on board to resolve the issue as soon as possible,” he added.

Each member of the Black Maidens and five other officials however received $1,000 in part payment of an expected $2,800 on Tuesday.

“We should thank the efforts of the honorable minister. Some of the monies were from his own personal resources and other sources and this is the situation on the ground. As we speak, the minister and the management of the ministry are working hard round the clock consulting the various legal luminaries to be able to resolve that issue as soon as practicable,” the Sports Ministry spokesperson explained.


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