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FEATURE: Why is the Ghana FA Normalization Committee hiding its salaries?

During the week we woke up to the news that Members of the Normalization Committee of the Ghana Football Association received $17,200 as their gross monthly salary for the work of “Normalizing” the business of football in Ghana.s

The breakdown of the payments according to sources close to FIFA was:

  1. Dr. Kofi Amoah – President – $5200
  2. Madam Lucy Quist – VP-$4000
  3. Mr. Kofi Dua Adonteng – $4000
  4. Naa Odofoley Nortey -$4000.

Under normal circumstances, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with our top football officials receiving payments for work done. In the name of transparency and good governance, the officials are entitled to payment for work done in honesty, industry and integrity.

The able men and women on the Normalization Committee are men and women of high repute who have left their jobs to serve their country at this level.

So what’s the fuss about receiving $17,200 a month for serving football at this level? The crux of the matter really lies in the hypocrisy exhibited in the discourse with the view to extolling members of the Normalization Committee as saints who believe in serving their country for no financial gains in return.

The Normalization Committee was portrayed as Roman Catholic brothers and sisters who believe in receiving their reward in heaven.

This view found copious expressions in public interviews and discussions of members of the Normalization Committee and their PRO Dan Kwaku Yeboah.

It’s just sheer hypocrisy to play hot and cold. You deceive the people of Ghana with the blatant untruth that you do not receive a salary of $17,200 because you are doing a sacrificial work in the name of God and Country.

My question is: did they donate their salaries to charity after receipt of the same from FIFA? It doesn’t help the Normalization Committee to lie about their salary because Ghanaians honestly believe they deserve to be paid for work done.

As honorable men and women, they owe us an apology for telling a deliberate lie for motives that are yet to be laid bare.

Maybe their position is informed by the fear of being criticized by the Ghanaian media who saw everything wrong with the payment of an ex gratia of $15,000 per person for 4 years to members of the former Executive committee of the GFA.

Hell broke loose on the Ghanaian media landscape when it was announced that each member of the former GFA Executive Committee received $15,000 as ex gratia for service as a member of the Executive Committee for 4 years.

By simple arithmetics, each member received $3750 per annum or better still $312.5 per month. $312.5 is a far cry from $4000 yet insults upon insults were heaped on members of the GFA Executive Committee for being unpatriotic, corrupt, dishonest, selfish, greedy and underserving of receiving such a payment.

The irony of the whole crusade of vilification is that, Dan Kwaku Yeboah who now works for the Normalization Committee as a spokesperson, was neck deep and heavily involved in this unholy agenda.

At that time it was sinful to receive payment for services rendered to football in Ghana. That probably explains the resort to LIES by the Normalization Committee and their cohorts in the media led by Dan Kwaku Yeboah.

This same Dan Kwaku Yeboah would abuse his privileged access to the microphone by making such absurd suggestions that payments to the members of the GFA Executive Committee should be utilized towards the payment of officiating allowances of referees or the purchase of footballs for juvenile clubs in the countries.

Why are members of the Normalization Committee, who are event taking elephant salaries, not heeding the “wise counsel” of their prodigy – Dan Kwaku Yeboah? Is it the case of selective amnesia in maligning officials in charge of managing football? Some may be more human than others.

Ghanaians are generally a religious people. By their doctrinal beliefs and faith they are supposed to be truthful, honest and principled.

However, it baffles many that when football is the issue these laudable and adorable values are usually thrown to the dogs.

We cannot crucify people for receiving an ex gratia of $15,000 for 4 years and clap for another set of people for receiving $4000 a month as salaries. What is good for the goose is equally good for the gander.

By the end of the estimated tenure of six (6) months for members of the Normalization Committee each person would receive at least $24,000 and that is supposed to be NORMAL but it is ABNORMAL if another person is paid $15,000 for 4 years.

The double standards and hypocrisy are too much. Is it true that once upon a time a member of the GFA Executive Committee played along with “hypocrites” and rejected his share of the ex gratia paid to him? I want the hypocrites to coerce him to go for his money if it’s possible now.

As it is now there will be no motivation for members of the Normalization Committee to hand over on 31 March 2018. They would do everything within their means to extend their stay so they can continue to enjoy their “FAT” salaries.

Humans as they are, they would like to extend their tenure to be able to earn more salaries.

No wonder they have been annoyingly slow in executing their mandate. Until now they are yet to come out with a program for elections. It’s of no interest to them, so at the dying embers of their tenure, they can ask for an extension of time.

Once a precedent is set for salaries for members of the Normalization Committee, future members of the Executive Committee may be justified in demanding salaries and no man born of a woman should stop them from so demanding and earning what is due them.

Source: Fred Darklin (homeradioghana)

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Frank Darkwah

Ghanaian Sports Journalist who specializes in Sports Photography and Sports writing. Accredited CAF and FIFA photo journalist

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