The committee which was set up to probe happenings which resulted in visa fraud during the Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast) in Australia 2018 has revealed many anomalies.
In their report in the general comment page, the sub-committee chaired by a Justice of the Appeals Court, Justice Tanko Amadu revealed that they could not get access to pertinent information about those who were deported although they made their request through the Secretary General of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC).”
In his explanation, the Secretary-General of the GOC stated that it was due to the “uncooperative attitude of the Australian Border Control and the Ghana Immigration Service.”
Again, General Secretary of the Volleyball Federation, Christiana Ashley, turned down an invitation to appear before the committee according to the report. It further stated that “not even the request for her release by the Chief Executive of the NSA where she is employed was positively responded to. The committee did not find the explanation that she is under police investigations as satisfactory.”
Continuing, the report stated that “the committee is of the view that her continuous role in the organisation of sports in Ghana at any level is no longer tenable.”
In the case of GOC Press Attaché, Ken O. Adade, he earlier posted on social media ‘an exhaustive narrative about the process of accreditation of journalists to the Games. However, when asked to provide further details, he rather included information “radically inconsistent with the earlier material he posted.”
The committee regarded the conduct of the officer as “belittling of its assignment. He misled the committee by describing the entire scandal as a hoax in his response”.
The misleading character of Ken were motivated and influenced by persons hostile to the committee because of their apprehension about the outcome of its assignment.
The committee concluded that “Mr. Ken O. Adade is no longer fit and proper a person to remain in office as a press attache or other officer of the GOC or any Sporting Federation”.
The committee was also not okay with the conduct of the Boxing Federation President, George Lamptey. During their investigation, he showed no interest in identifying the suspected impersonator of a boxer from his federation even before he left Ghana and during the period of his stay in Australia for the games.
The concluded that his trip to Australia was of no benefit to the Federation and GOC as a whole. “It would have been appropriate for the committee to recommend the refund of all expenses incurred on him except that any such direction will fall outside the remit of the committee”.
Meanwhile, the finding of the committee revealed that visa racketeering through fraudulent representation for financial gain/nepotic motives is endemic which is highly facilitated at the highest level of the GOC and NSA.
Credit: Daily Guide