The Ministry of Sports has requested National Security to take over investigation involving the deportation of over 50 Ghanaians from Australia for posing as journalists.
The deportees were among journalists who were to cover the 2018 Common Wealth Games. Sources say they were not able to prove to immigration officers that they were journalists when officials realized they had no journalistic tools on them.
News of the deportation confirmed rumors that some officials in the Sports Ministry and the National Sports Authority (NSA) facilitated the acquisition of visas and the travel documents for persons who were mot journalists.
Amidst the barrage of criticisms on the NSA and some government officials for the embarrassment, the Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah, has in a statement announced that the matter has been referred to the National Security.
Read the full statement below:
MALPRACTICES IN CONNECTION WITH GHANA’S PREPARATION IN THE 21ST COMMONWEALTH GAMES.
The ministry has officially requested the National Security to thoroughly investigate circumstances leading to the acquisition of visas by undeserving persons who are in no way connected with the ongoing 21st Commonwealth Games in Australia”.
This follows some inappropriate actions by some individuals which have led to some Ghanaians being denied the necessary courtesies when traveling to Australia in connection with the Commonwealth Games.
The Ministry believes the National Security has the capacity to unravel the truth surrounding the unpleasant situation Ghana finds herself among the comity of sporting nations.
Hon. Isaac Asiamah