Suspended Dep Sports Minster to be reinstated – Akufo-Addo reveals

Source: Ghana|| Oswald K Azumah|
Date: 7th-july-2018 Time:  3:14:13 pm

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President Nana Akufo-Addo has disclosed that suspended Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, Pius Enam Hadzide, has been exonerated from any wrongdoing in the Australian visa fraud scandal by a police report.

The President revealed that Mr Hadzide will be reinstated on Monday, July 9, 2018.

Speaking at the party's National Delegates Conference in Koforidua, the Eastern Region capital on Saturday, he defended allegations of his ministers being corrupt.

According to him, so far, all corruption allegations against his ministers have not been true because he knows those he is working with to deliver on the promises of the party.

He disclosed that on Friday upon his return from a bilateral meeting in South Africa, he received the Police report on the Australia visa fraud which involved the Mr Hadzide and other officials of the Sports ministry. 

Based on the report, President Akufo-Addo said, "I will lift his suspension on Monday and return him to office.”

He added that he will continue to let his accused ministers be investigated when cases of corruption are made against them. 

“…I intend to maintain this approach in my entire tenure,” he stated.

Pius Enam Hadzide was suspended alongside Acting Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Robert Sarfo Mensah, on April 12, 2018 for their roles in a visa racketeering scandal during the 2018 Commonwealth games.

Related: Deputy Sports Minister, Acting NSA DG suspended over visa scandal

At least 50 persons who claimed to be journalists and were in Australia to cover the Commonwealth Games were arrested and repatriated for bearing false identities.

It was not clear at the time how the suspects obtained visas to travel out of the country.

Reports suggested some officials from the NSA as well as the ministry facilitated the fraudulent visa acquisitions for them.

The incident embarrassed the country with the Australian authorities said to be tightening travel arrangements for otherwise genuine Ghanaians who may be travelling to Australia for business and or pleasure.

It is expected that the report on the investigations will be released by the Presidency to clear the air.


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