AFCON Budget Journalists Ask "Useless Questions" - Sports Minister

Mahama Ayariga has lashed out at the media for asking "useless questions" about the 2015 AFCON budget.

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Youth and Sports Minister, Mahama Ayariga said journalists demanding details about the budget spent on the Black Stars in Equatorial Guinea are “useless questions.”

The Minister said on Adom FM’s flagship programme “Dwaso Nsem” that “morning show hosts asks “useless questions” on this budget. Journalists have not been fair to the Black Stars,”

“You should ask questions that will add more value to the sports ministry and not ask questions about things and procedures you don’t have any knowledge about” he stated on Thursday. The Minister after dropped the phone on the host.

He was first interviewed on Peace FM where he went angry and hanged the phone on Kwame Sefa Kayi.

Mahama Ayariga refused to disclose the budget allocation for the tournament to the media with the explanation that the budget report will be made available to the public.

The minister earlier announced on the floor of Parliament Wednesday, when ordered by the Speaker, Edward Doe Adjaho to present a statement on the participation of the Black Stars in Equatorial Guinea that six million dollars was spent on the senior national team.

This has left many Ghanaians suspicious about the figure quoted by the minister because different figures have gone viral on various website with the minister cited saying $8 million was blown at the tournament.

He noted that what he expected from journalists were questions that would bring development to the sports ministry and the way forward rather than asking questions that are not beneficial to the ministry.

“It is not my job to respond to useless questions as far as the AFCON 2015 is concerned. Talk about the developmental issues of the ministry and not questions that will not benefit us”, he added.

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