Minority: The African Games was a Complete Failure

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The Minority in Parliament has condemned the recently concluded 13th African Games in Accra as a “significant failure and source of embarrassment,” despite Ghana achieving its highest-ever medal count of 68. Kobena Mensah Woyome, the Ranking Member on the Youth and Sports Committee of Parliament, criticized the Akufo-Addo-Bawumia administration for the perceived disorganized nature of the event during a press briefing on Tuesday, March 26, 2024.

Woyome denounced the poor planning, absence of coherent strategies for promoting tourism and facilitating trade, and the lack of economic sustainability measures, especially considering the hefty $240 million expenditure on the games. He stressed that the already strained state of the Ghanaian economy, which he attributed to the government’s actions, exacerbated concerns regarding the substantial spending on the African Games.

He stated, “The recently concluded games were a significant failure and embarrassment for our nation. Despite the Akufo-Addo-Bawumia government allocating a massive $240 million budget to the event, the organization and management fell short, displaying poor execution and planning.”

Woyome emphasized the absence of comprehensive policies aimed at enhancing tourism and trade, which could have provided economic returns commensurate with the substantial investment in the games. The revelation of the considerable expenditure on the event further fueled apprehensions among Ghanaians, particularly given the perceived financial strain on the nation’s economy attributed to the government’s policies.

Source: Citinews



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