Minister promises to end NSA, federations feud

Author: Kwame Larweh
Isaac Asiamah- wants an amicable settlement to the impasse
Isaac Asiamah- wants an amicable settlement to the impasse

The Youth and Sports Minister, Isaac Kwame Asiamah, has promised to address the impasse over who has the right to appoint general secretaries for the various national federations.

In an exclusive interview with the Graphic Sports last Friday, Mr Asiamah said though he was yet to get a full grasp of the issues, he was hopeful that this week’s stakeholders meeting with the interested parties would end the matter.

“I am still not clear about the details and the directive, but I am going to hold a meeting with the relevant outfits to bring a solution to the matter,” he assured.

It will be recalled that on December 20, last year, the NSA issued a cease and desist circular signed by the Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Prof. Twumasi, and copied to the Minister, exhorting sporting federations, associations and the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) to desist from removing NSA officers from the various sporting federations.

Since then, Mr Kobena Mensah Woyome, a ranking member of the Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Youth, Sports and Culture, has also issued a statement admonishing the director general of the NSA to act lawfully and refrain from imposing general secretaries on the various sporting federations and associations.

The statement, sighted by the Graphic Sports, read: “We write to admonish the Director General of the National Sports Authority and the Authority to aver themselves to Section 29 clause 1, sub-clause C and D of Act 934 of the Sports Act 2016, where the Minister is supposed to put a regulation/legislative instrument in place to regulate all associations within the limit indicated in the act with emphasis placed on content of the said LI/Regulation being in agreement with the international bodies to which such associations are committed to.”

“Unfortunately, there is nowhere in Act 934 that gives power to the director general to carry out oversight functions or implement regulations of Act 934 that seek to impose officers. Regulation to Act 934 does not exist,” it concluded.

The President of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), Ben Nunoo Mensah, has also called the bluff of the NSA and entreated it to refrain from any illegality and abuse of its authority regarding the appointment of general secretaries for the national federations.

He stated that national federations were independent bodies and were recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as such. According to him, a directive from the IOC entreated state agencies to desist from interfering and appointing officers to national and independent sporting federations.

However, Prof. Twumasi, in a separate interview with the Graphic Sports, rebuked the GOC and its affiliates for their inconsistent stance.

“They receive government subventions, use government facilities, get licensed by the state and seek licence renewal, are supervised by the NSA and receive permission to operate as an association or federation from the NSA, and yet what are they talking about?” he muttered.