Kobena Woyome a ranking member on Youth, Sports Culture committee in parliament has called on the government of Ghana to disclose the AFCON budget to Ghanaians as there have been speculations that this year’s budget may be the highest in recent times.
There have been reports indicating that government will spend $8 million on the Black Stars at this year’s tournament which has seen an increase from the $3.4 million spent during the 2017 AFCON
According to the Member of Parliament for South Tongu, the Sports Ministry should stop dodging the Opposition party and disclose the AFCON budget to Ghanaians.
“The Black Stars budget was not captured in the Sports Ministry budget for the year and the Sports Ministry continue to keep mute over the actual amount of money to be spent on at the tournament”, he told New Mercury Radio
He further went on to say that the minority in parliament have raised the issue up but were only told the budget will be revealed during the mid year review of the budget.
“ The Black Stars budget was not in the ministry's budget for the year. We raised the issue but we were told it will be in the mid year review”
“ I'm surprised the current government is doing the same things he campaigned on. I have filed an urgent question for the minister of youth and sports to come to the parliament house and disclose the budget for Afcon to Ghanaians”, he added.
However he stated that it is prudent for Ghanaians to know about the budget hence they will be expecting the Sports Ministry to come to parliament and disclose it.
“ The right thing to do is that every Ministry’s Budget is suppose to come to Parliament for a review so we know of the expenditure. So it is a right call that the budget must be known by Ghanaians”, he concluded.