The Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Pius Enam Hadzide, and the acting National Sports Authority Director-General, Robert Sarfo Mensah have been suspended by the President President Akufo-Addo.
A statement signed by Eugene Arhin, Director of Communications at the presidency said ”The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, 12th April, 2018, suspended from office, with immediate effect, the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Pius Enam Hadzide; and the acting Director General of the National Sports Authority, Hon. Robert Sarfo Mensah”.
The statement added ”This decision has been taken following preliminary investigations conducted into the circumstances that led to the arrest of some sixty (60) Ghanaians, who had allegedly attempted to enter Australia by false pretences, in the on-going 21st Commonwealth Games”.
”The President of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah; the Board Chairman of the National Sports Authority, Hon. Kwadwo Baah Agyeman; and the Chef-de-Maison for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Mr Mohammed Sahnoon, have also been recalled from the Games to assist in investigations currently being undertaken by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Police Service”.
This comes after 60 Ghanaians who were in Australia for the upcoming commonwealth games were detained and deported for acting as journalists.
According to Australian authorities, they were not convinced by the reasons given by those so-called journalists for traveling to the country.
Eventhough those deported had genuine visas, many didn’t carry equipment like recorders and recommended mobile phones for coverage.