01.05.2003 Sports News

Ministry of Sports Given Ultimatum

By Times
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The Auditor General has given the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports 14 days to clear imported plastic chairs that are locked up at the Tema Port since 1999. Failure to do that, officials responsible in the Ministry would be surcharged with the financial loss of over ¢2 billion to the state.

A letter dated April 29, 2003 signed by the Auditor General, Edward Dua Agyeman addressed to the Ministry and copied to the Chief of Staff and Secretary to the President said that demurrage and other local charges had accumulated to over ¢2 billion.

The letter said that the plastic seats were part of consignments imported for the renovation of Accra and Kumasi Sports stadia in 1999, prior to the CAN 2000 tournament.

Three containers which formed part of a further consignment that arrived at the Tema Port on May 25, 1999 were left uncleared and each day the consignment stayed at the port, the state incurred a loss of ¢149,000. The three containers are in the custody Maersk Ghana Limited. The Auditor General regretted that discussions between the department and the Ministry to get the consignment cleared from the port have yielded little results.

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