Aftermath Of AFCON Ban Airlifting Black Stars Supporters - Kwesi Pratt

Mr Kwesi Pratt has called on government to stop airlifting Ghanaian supporters to cheer the Black Stars.

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Kwesi Pratt Jnr, Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, has lashed out government to ban the airlifting of fans to support the senior national team in any tournament.

Speaking on Peace FM, Kwesi Pratt stated that airlifting supporters to cheer the Black Stars was wasteful since the monies could be channelled into other sectors of the economy.

He therefore described as an abuse of governments who take advantage of the system to soothe their party foot soldiers.

"The facility is always abused. It doesn’t matter who is in power. It doesn’t matter whether it is NDC or NPP, the facility is always abused.

"I cannot support it especially when it is so blatantly abused all the time. So those supporters we have been airlifting should be looked at and possibly stop it because it is unnecessary", he noted.

Information indicates that Government of Ghana spent over $6 million dollars to airlift about 250 fans to Equatorial Guinea to cheer the Black Stars in its final game against Ivory Coast.

Meanwhile, Youth and Sports Minister, Mahama Ayariga has debunked assertions that government airlifted 250 fans to Equatorial Guinea.

He said even though some supporters were being airlifted to support the Black Stars, he is not aware of who sponsored them and how much was involved adding that the ministry did not approve any budget to airlift fans outside the shores of Ghana to watch the final match.

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