General News of Mon, 3 Sep 20183
'Innocent' GFA staff paid for first time since Anas' #12 premiere
The Ministry of Youth and Sports has confirmed the payment of the salaries of 'innocent' Ghana Football Association staff who were not implicated in an investigative documentary on corruption in Ghanaian football.
It is the first time the staff will have received their salaries since the June 6 premiere of the documentary produced by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
The documentary captured in secret video recordings some high-profile members of the GFA including it's former President Kwesi Nyantakyi as well as Executive Committee members Nii Komiete Doku, Linear Addy, Kofi Manu and former Northern Regional FA boss Abdulai Abu Alhassan engaged in alleged acts of corruption.
Another 60 referees and match commissioners of the GFA were also caught on video allegedly taking bribes to either fix matches or facilitate dubious processes.
Following the premiere of the documentary, the premises of the GFA in Accra was declared a crime scene and closed off to the staff and public until further notice.
Payment of salaries
Confirming the payment to Graphic Online on Monday, September 3, the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Elvis Adjei-Baah said the payments which were made two weeks ago was funded by the budget of the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
He added that the salaries of those captured on video in the documentary remain suspended till further notice.
It will be recalled that the GFA staff had expressed fears about their security of their jobs and salaries following the impasses between the government and the association.