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06.11.2007 General News

Ghana 2008 Soccer Fiesta - Rates To Be Slashed

By Daily Graphic
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Public outcry for a reduction of the ¢100,000 Popular Stand rate for Ghana 2008 is expected to receive a favourable response today following moves by government to review that rate in particular.

Consequent to a previous meeting last week, the Cabinet Oversight Sub-Committee on CAN 2008 chaired by the Chief of Staff and Minister for Presidential Affairs, Mr Kwadwo Mpiani, is scheduled to meet again today to take a final decision on the issue.

According to the Minister of Education, Science and Sports, Prof Dominic Fobih, though that was one of the issues discussed at the last meeting, no firm decision could be reached, necessitating further discussion on the thorny subject today.

Speaking to the Graphic Sports last Sunday, Prof Fobih emphasised that government had already taken steps to review what he described as the rate for the 'Moborowa' even before it became an issue for public discussion.

“Government was already looking at the rate for the Popular Stand which is an issue of major concern and will take a final decision on it today”, he revealed.

He stressed that the issue was prominent in a report submitted by his Ministry to the Cabinet Oversight Sub-Committee on CAN 2008 for consideration.

While refusing to stick his neck out on a likely figure to be arrived at by the committee in today's meeting, the Minister only expressed the hope that a figure which would be in the interest of all Ghanaians would be considered.

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) for Ghana 2008 which submitted the proposal of the tournament rates to the Ministry is on record to have said that it arrived at those figures in consultation with the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

However, there has been massive public reaction to the Popular Stand rate, especially with the argument that the ¢100, 000 per match is too high for the average Ghanaian.

The flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Prof John Evans Atta Mills, added his voice to the call late last week by urging the LOC to reduce the rate or take the issue up with the government to subsidise it to enable more Ghanaians to fill the the various stadia during the upcoming tournament.

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