The Secretariat of the Ghana Football Association, is still a “crime scene” as Police banner notifying users of the facility and the general public remains wrapped around the building.
Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) seized the GFA’s Secretariat on June 8, 2018 and termed it a “crime scene” following the premiere of an expose into corruption and match-fixing in Ghana football by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas on June 6,2018.
The Secretariat have since been opened twice as government was taking steps to dissolve the FIFA member Association until a warning from the Bureau of FIFA Council stating that “Ghana would be suspended if the country fails to end the processes to liquidate the GFA by August 27, 2018” forced the Ghana Government to rescind the move.
The FA was first opened on July 12, 2018 for the accountant of the Ghana Football Association to access data of staff for government to pay their salaries after Alex Asante, Deputy General Secretary in Charge Of Competitions at the FA and Francis Oti Akenten, a member of now defunct Liaison Team coerced the CID to open the office.
And the second was on September 13, 2018 when FIFA and CAF named a Normalisation Committee to replace the Executive Committee (ExCo) as the body that will run the daily activities of the association, review its statues, and also conduct elections for the FA by March 31, 2019.
FIFA and CAF officials, members of the Committee headed by Dr. Kofi Amoah (President), Lucy Quist (Vice President), the media and staff who graced the occasion had to bend under the Police warning banner to enter into the Conference room of the secretariat for official announcement after CID warned that “you’ll be in trouble if you tear the warning banner”.
When the Committee was officially announced to the media, Luca Nicola, Manager of Member Associations of FIFA, revealed that the work of the team began with immediate effect.
However, the offices of the association are still under padlock when GhanaCrusader.com visited the secretariat on Tuesday morning, three days since their mandate began.
Media reports earlier claimed that staff reported to work on Tuesday, but when GhanaCrusader.com arrived at the FA, only the security guard was at post.
The Police CID who had occupied the office for the last hundred days plus were not at the scene and their armour car was also taken out of the building.
But the office is still not opened for use by the CID.
Should staff report to duty in the coming days, they would have lots of work to do to keep the offices in good shape as certain parts of the building have turned into a reptiles breeding ground as seen in this video.
There are also many broken chairs left an attended to at the building and uncontrollable weeds dwarfing the pavement blocks despite the “shoddy” weeding by a group that was chosen to clear the weeds to give it a facelift before the Normalisation Committee was named last week Thursday.
It is unclear when the FA will be opened for staff, but what is definite is that, the secretariat is still security banner, with security finger sensor covered with a tape in order to avoid people from entering into the building.
President of the Normalisation Committee, Dr. Kofi Amoah was appointed Executive Committee member of WAFU zone B last week Friday, whilst Hamidou Djibrila was voted President to succeed suspended FIFA Council Member, Kwesi Nyantakyi.
The Committee held its first meeting today and resolved to open their doors for suggestions from the football world.