Minister directs NSA to withdraw December 20 letter

Author: Kwame Larweh
Isaac Kwame Asiamah

THE Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Professor Peter Twumasi, has been instructed by the sector Minister, Isaac Kwame Asiamah, to retract and apologise for a letter he wrote on December 20, last year, issuing a cease and desist order to the various sporting federations to desist from removing NSA officers from the various sporting federations.

The minister noted that there was no law in the sports Legislative Instrument(LI) that empowered the NSA to appoint general secretaries for the federation heads.

At a meeting last Wednesday night at the office of the sector minister, in the presence of special adviser to the Ministry, Dr Emmanuel Owusu-Anasah, representatives of the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA), Bawa Fuseini, Samuel Ayer, Dr Harriet Amui and the President of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), Ben Nunoo Mensah, the Minister admonished all to seek the interest of sports and benefits for the nation, which is paramount to any other issue.

It will be recalled that on December 20 last year, the NSA issued a cease and desist circular signed by the DG, Prof. Twumasi, and copied to the Youth and Sports Minister, Isaac Kwame Asiamah, exhorting sporting federations, associations and the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) to desist from removing NSA officers from the various sporting federations.

Since then, Kobena Mensah Woyome has also issued a statement admonishing the director general of the NSA to act lawfully and refrain from imposing general secretaries on the various sporting federations and associations.

The statement sighted by the Graphic Sports read: “We write to admonish the Director General of the National Sports Authority and the authority to aver themselves to Section 29 clause 1, sub-clause C and D of Act 934 of the Sports Act 2016, where the minister is supposed to put a regulation/legislative instrument in place to regulate all associations within the limit indicated in the act with emphasis placed on content of the said LI/Regulation being in agreement with the international bodies to which such associations are committed to.”

“Unfortunately, there is nowhere in Act 934 that gives power to the director general to carry out oversight functions or implement regulations of Act 934 that seeks to impose officers. Regulation to Act 934 does not exist,” it concluded.

The minister hopes to end a decades-long fracas involving the right to appoint general secretaries for the various sporting federations.