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Minority Rejects National Security Probe into Visa Scandal


The Minority in Parliament has rejected a move by government to allow National Security investigate the Commonwealth Games visa scandal.

According to a statement issued and signed by the Minority Spokesperson for Communication Alhaji Fuseini, they have threatened to discredit any report submitted by the National Security.

“Ghanaians have not and cannot forget how the National Security was used in a clumsy effort to cover up the ‘BOST Contaminated Fuel Saga’ only a few months back. Our demand and that of many Ghanaians is that President Akufo-Addo must immediately halt this National Security charade,” the statement read.

It is reported that some 50 supposed journalists who traveled to Australia with the country’s delegation to cover the Commonwealth Games were deported, after failing to answer basic questions posed by the Australian officials about their profession.

This led the Ministry of Youth and Sports request that the National Security investigate the matter.

However, the Minority in Parliament, has called for credible persons with the requisite expertise to be allowed to conduct a public enquiry into the matter.

“The overwhelming expectations following this scandal that has dented Ghana’s image and the reputation of Ghanaian journalists are that: we need to know who the public officials are involved in this racket? Who are their collaborators? How deep is the rot? Is there any Ministerial complicity especially at the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration? What will be the recommendations needed to forestall this in the future as there are quite a number of international tournaments on the horizon,” he said.

They further appealed to President Akufo-Addo to exercise good leadership and salvage what is left of Ghana’s sinking image abroad.

“A national security report on this matter would be discredited and shall not be well received by the local and international community. We must also not lose sight of the effect this would have on genuine visa applicants to tournaments of this nature in the future.”

By: Emmanuel Yeboah Britwum/ thePublisher

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