Nunoo Mensah holds GOC to account

Author: Bernard Neequaye
Ben Nunoo Mensah— unhappy

The President of the Ghana Weightlifting Federation (GWF), Ben Nunoo Mensah, has urged the leadership of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) to practise good governance, accountability and transparency.

In an interview with the Graphic Sports, Mr Nunoo Mensah argued that some recent actions by the GOC were creating the impression that it was no longer interested in accounting to the various stakeholders.

According to him the GOC failed to present the 2016 budget for congress for approval in accordance with the committee’s constitution.

Besides, he wondered why the committee failed to disclose the amount it had received from the Olympic Solidarity Fund which it had already disbursed.

“Under normal circumstances and in accordance with the GOC constitution the committe’s budget must be presented before congress, for approval before disbursement.

“But this is not the case this time around as this would have enabled delegates to demand answers to some questions”, he lamented.

He contended that delegates should have been provided with the financial statements of the GOC over the past two years for them to raise their concerns.

“However, this was only provided on the day of the congress and many did not get the opportunity to scrutize the document”, he stressed.

Mr Nunoo Mensah, who raised these concerns at the GOC congress last Friday, said “It is the responsibility of the leadership of the GOC to practise good governance, accountability and transparency which it has failed to do.

“Per the GOC constitution, the budget for next year must be presented for approval from congress but this did not happen.”

In another development, he questioned why the GOC also failed to engage government on the plight of the various sporting federations, urging them not to shy away from their responsibilities.