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President Akufo-Addo suspends Deputy Sports Minister

President Akufo-Addo suspends Deputy Sports Minister”

Thisprompt response by the President to an incident that embarrassed the nation on the worldwide stage demonstrates his commitment to fighting corruption.We particularly commend the swiftness of the response and wish to encourage the President and other appropriate state institutions to do same in all instances of alleged corruption, no matter who is involved.

Hadzide and the Director General of the National Sports Authority, Robert Sarfo Mensah were suspended with immediate effect Thursday over their suspected roles in the detention and deportation of Ghanaians who travelled to attend the on-going 21st Commonwealth Games.

According to reports, numerous Ghanaians detained and deported posed as journalists who had arrived in Australia to cover the Commonwealth Games.

According to the release, the president has recalled from the games the head of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), Ben Nunoo Mensah, and three other senior officials of the Ghanaian delegation to the 2018 Commonwealth Games to assist in investigations now being undertaken by the police.

Commenting on this development on the Ghana Yensom show on Accra 100.5FM hosted by Chief Jerry Forson on Friday April 13, Mr Vaderpuije who is also a ranking member in the parliamentary select committee on Youth and Sports, said: " The suspension of the Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports and the others is in the right direction.

"We should set standard that when something happens, those responsible will step aside so we have clean investigations and we can be assured that nobody will intervene or interrupt the investigation", Mr. Pratt added.

The said officials include the President of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Mr Ben Nunoo Mensah; the Board Chairman of the National Sports Authority, Kwadwo Baah Agyeman; and the Chef-de-Mission for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Mr Mohammed Sahnoon.

They were recalled to assist investigation now being undertaken by the Criminal Investigative Department of the Police Service.

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