The Minister of Youth and Sports, Clement Kofi Humado, was yesterday quizzed in Parliament over the expenditure breakdown of the US$19 million from government allocation and private sector contribution for Ghana’s participation in the 2010 FIFA World Cup competition in South Africa.
Mr. Humado, however, said the total receipt from the government, private sponsorship and text and win promotion for Ghana’s participation in the tournament was US$18,515,256.38.
The question stood in the name of Simon Osei Mensah (NPP-Bosomtwe) and was asked on his behalf by Isaac Asiamah (NPP- Atwima Mponua), the Minority Spokesman on Youth, Sports and Culture.
The Minister explained that US$16,998,955.37 was spent on the tournament leaving a balance of US$1,516, 301.46 which was paid to government’s chest.
He said the expenditure covered the Black Stars’ camping and training tour in Europe as well as expenses on supporters and Ghana’s participation in the tournament.
Dan Botwe (NPP Okere) raised concerns over some of the expenditure items questioning why US$125,559.09 of the tax payers’ money was used for a welcome reception (Float, banner, etc) and US$34,965.03 for refreshment.
“Mr. Speaker, I am satisfied these are genuine and true cost incurred by the ministry,” Mr. Humado told the House in response to the concern raised by Mr. Botwe.
Mr. Asiamah noted that in an answer to a similar question to Parliament on November 4, 2010, the sector minister said US$4.2 million was spent as appearance fee and questioned why US$5,925,000.00 was this time spent on appearing fee, since appearance fee was standard.
Mr. Humado explained that the earlier question to the ministry for which the answers were provided in November 2010 was based on Ghana’s contingent but this current question had to do with Ghana’s participation.
The Minister said the scope of the income and expenditure had been broadened and that accounted for the differences and adding that the earlier one was a draft, adding, “What we have now is a detailed expenditure well calculated by the ministry”.
Mr. Humado explained further that most of the amounts were signed for by Ghana Football Association (GFA), stressing that to the best of his knowledge it was the true account of the expenditure.
The Minister said the total income and expenditure had been submitted to the Auditor General’s Department for auditing but explained that it had not received any response after responding to a management letter from the department.
Mr. Humado gave the breakdown of the expenditure items as, per diem allowances US$ 269,800.00, accommodation and meals, US$3,413,519.72, scouting and monitoring US$106,794.00, sundry expenses (materials, laundry, visa fees, excess baggage, etc), US$78,560.05, and protocol, US$150, 000.00.
Others are winning bonuses US$2,541,500.00, transportation, US$38, 181.23, president’s special package/reward to the players and officials, US$610, 000.0, air tickets, US$2,722,571.73, match tickets US$456, 119.00, and travel insurance US$51, 001.00.
The rest are publicity (national lunch, souvenirs, black star magazines, etc) US$91, 534.06, local camping US$ 6,944.06, administrative expenses, US$72, 741.26, commission (event organisation, US$61, 892.41), website development, US$1,900.00 and bank charges and charges on bank transfers US$240,372.73.