The Youth and Sports Ministry’s debt currently stands at GH¢35 million.
Minister Isaac Asiamah, during his meet-the-press session on Tuesday, had revealed inheriting a negative balance of GH¢51 million in the accounts of his outfit after he was sworn in 13 months ago.
“I am sorry to report to you that we met a negative balance of GH¢51 million – that is the debt we inherited. There was nothing at the Ministry of Youth and Sports and we are now trying to put things together,” he said.
Though failing to provide a debt profile, Asiamah’s deputy has further claimed slashing the liabilities by about GH¢16 million.
“We have been able to pay off some off the debt we met and it currently stands at GH¢35 million,” Pius Hadzide told Kumasi-based Oyerepa FM.
On Tuesday, Sports Minister Isaac Asiamah outlined some achievements chalked since assuming office.
He said: “I realized that the staff of the ministry and its agencies lacked requisite facilities, training, environment and motivation to produce results.
“Our offices had inadequate equipment like computers, printers, photocopiers, telephones and air conditioners. The office left to the ministry was in a dilapidated state, now we have given it a new face.
“The most embarrassing was that, the ministry and its agencies were involved in huge debts, leading to the disconnection of electricity to the Accra Sports Stadium and Essipong Sports Stadium. For two years, there was a seizure of vehicles, belonging to the National Sports Authority (NSA) through court rulings and a total neglect of maintenance at the national sports stadia and other sporting facilities, like the Azumah Nelson Sports Complex, and the National Sports College in Winneba,” the minister stated.
“It is not my intention and style to paint a gloomy picture of the state of affairs at the sports ministry when we took over, but I find it very necessary to expose only the tip of the iceberg for Ghanaians to appreciate where we are coming from and where we are to going,” he stated.
“I assure the staff in particular and Ghanaians that, I was not appointed as a minister to come and lament over the state of affairs but rather to fix the challenges I inherited.
“Together as a team, we embarked on a journey of recovery. A journey many skeptics thought was a mission impossible. Within 13 months of my administration in office these actions have been taken; rehabilitation of the Accra Sports Stadium has started as we all know, the reconstruction of the Azumah Nelson Sports Complex into a modern youth and sports center of excellence.”