Isaac Asiamah GNPC won't cancel sponsorship for Black Stars- Sports Minister

Minister for Youth and Sports, Isaac Asiamah has debunked reports that the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has withdrawn its sponsorship package for the Black Stars

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Isaac Asiamah says the $3m per annum sponsorship package from the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) to the Black Stars is still intact despite reports that the former has pulled out.

GNPC signed a five sponsorship package with the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to sponsor the Black Stars in 2013, but subject to yearly renewal.

However, the Majority Leader of Parliament Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu revealed last week that GNPC which is a state corporation was asked by the Parliamentary Select Committee on Mines and Energy to suspend its sponsorship package for the Black Stars.

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Isaac Asiamah, the Minister for Youth and Sports, however says the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation's sponsorship for the Black Stars wont be cancelled, yet there will be checks and balances.

“I speak as the Minister for Youth and Sports… The GNPC deal will continue, the support for the national team will continue.”

Isaac Asiamah then noted that “this time, we are going to place greater emphasis on transparency and accountability in the use of our own oil money.

“We are going to ensure that we place much emphasis on transparency and accountability this time round. We will ensure that there is proper oversight by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

“So now the amount will be channeled through the Ministry of Youth and Sports. It is no longer going to go through the GFA,” he added.

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