A sense of pessimism within the sports fraternity is greeting suggestions that the much awaited World Cup Commission's recommendations will be implemented to the letter.
“How can this [report] be different from any other? We can only wish that whatever they have recommended will be implemented”, Frank Davis a sports administrator questioned.
The World Cup Commission led by Justice Senyo Dzamefe has finally presented its report to the President, after three months of completing its hearings.
The delay in presenting the report rattled some sections of the sports community and fuelled doubts that the report will amount to anything positive in a sports industry criticized as secretive and lacking transparency.
The Commission, to forestall the possibility that their work could go down the drain is setting up an Implementation Strategy committee which will report on the level of implementation after every quarter.
“We don’t want it to gather dust”, Justice Senyo Dzamefe told President Mahama during the presentation Monday.
However even the Implementation Committee will depend on government funding to get its job done.
Sports administrator Frank Davis gave an example of why he believes the report may go the way of many others.
He said although a former minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah confessed that he would never again fly fans to a football tournament, his successor Mahama Ayariga did “exactly what his predecessor said he would not do if he had the second chance”.
He believes the running of football in Ghana will go on with business as usual.
The Commission will now wait for Government to publish its white paper within six months.
“We are hoping that this one will be handled in a way that brings sanity into the way as a people we do things” a member of the World Cup Commission Moses Foh-Amoaning said on Joy FM’s Top Story.
Already, the Public Interest and Accountability Committee which is to scrutinize government spending of oil cash has been pleading with Government for funding.
It has been resorting to the media to raise public awareness that it has not been able to do its work for lack of funds.
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