The firm that has won the bid to print tickets for the Ghana 2008 matches is a fully incorporated Ghanaian company, contrary to speculations that the company is an Indian entity. ##:[Read more]##
Documents sighted by the Graphic Sports reveal that the company, Turnstile Prints & Company Limited, is Ghanaian-owned with a leadership made up of Mrs Doris Adjei, a graduate of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Admnistration, and Mr Steven Ketu a Chartered Management Accountant.
However, two of their employees are Indians - Ganesh Kumar and P.V.K. Srinivas.
Turnstile Prints has been at the receiving end of agitations by some Ghanaian owned companies over a bid it has won to print the tickets for Ghana 2008.
The aggrieved printing houses have condemned the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for its failure to look inward and encourage a Ghanaian bid instead of relying on a foreign company.
But sources close to the LOC have revealed that the Ghana 2008 tournament which is under the auspicies of the Confederation of African Football has foisted a greater responsibility on the organisers to provide a ticketing system which should be able to monitor and manage spectator numbers and inflow to the stadia.
Besides, the system should be able to maximize collection of gate proceeds, eliminate the introduction of fake tickets and introduce electronic match tickets.
According to the LOC sources, even though most of the Ghanaian companies that submitted their bids for the ticketing contracts were capable of providing security printing services, only Turnstile Print Limited could provide a system peculiar to ticket printing.
“They also have a solid background in technology with modern ticketing system capable of printing tickets with invisible hologram and monitoring and controlling all the gates”, the sources stressed.
Already, the Chief Operating Officer of the LOC, Mr.Rex Danquah, has indicated that the decision to select the bid of Turnstile Print Company was to instil into the Ghanaian football fraternity a new culture of ticketing which would enhance security and minimize losses.
Story by Andy Quao