General News of 2014-06-26

Black Stars wahala: I feel sad for Mahama – Kwasi Pratt

The Managing editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Junior, has chided government appointees for shirking their responsibilities to the detriment of the state.
According to him, he feels pity for President John Mahama because he is virtually a ‘shadow minister’ in every ministry.
Kwesi Pratt's comment is in reaction to an alleged player revolt at the Black Stars camp over unpaid appearance fees at the ongoing Fifa World Cup in Brazil.
The players reportedly threatened to boycott the trip protesting the non-payment of allowances and appearance fees.
This was after they were promised an appearance fee of $75,000 each for qualifying for the mundial in Brazil. The amount was to be taken from monies FIFA paid to Ghana for qualifying for the World Cup.
Almost two weeks into the tournament, the players had not received the appearance fees contrary to promises made to them.
President John Mahama, however, pleaded with the angry Black Stars to honour travel arrangements for their final group game against Portugal. They have since been paid after the presidential fiat.
Speaking on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem on Thursday, Kwesi Pratt wondered why it has to take the president to solve the issue.
He also questioned the importance of the Sports Minister, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah in Brazil when it has to take the president to do his work for him.
The Insight editor was certain most of the government appointees are not cut for their jobs given the current economic situation in the country.
Kwesi Pratt urged the ministers to step up their game and help President Mahama achieve the Better Ghana Agenda.
Source: adomonline
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