Majority leader in parliament Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has condemned the state’s petroleum firm GNPC over their use of a 30% of the national kitty on sponsorship to the football sector.
The legislator has questioned GNPC’s decision to pump a huge sum of its investments into sponsoring the Black Stars and paying huge sums to its coaches at a press briefing on Tuesday.
GNPC signed a five-year deal with the Ghana FA in 2013 to become the headline sponsor of the Black Stars in a three million dollar deal, but the politician thinks it is waste of resources.
“We will take a critical look at the money we give to GNPC.” He told Nhyira FM.
“We will make sure we give them the money they will need to work but the money.” He told Asempa FM. “The money they allocate it to the Black Stars to me does not sense because they always give the Black Stars huge sums of money but they it always go waste.
“The Black Stars coach was receiving huge amount of money as monthly salary in dollars. We were paying Avram Grant close to three billion a month. Does it make sense?
“Some of us think it does not make sense to throw away such money so what we are going to do is to protect the state coffers and help the ordinary Ghanaian work.
“GNPC cannot just be using government funds to sponsor supporters of the Black Stars, fat salaries for coaches’ et al and I think this is not the way to go.” He added.
Meanwhile, newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of GNPC, K.K Sarpong, has promised to divert a chunk of the money into other sectors of football during his reign.