President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has indicated that the suspended Deputy Sports Minister, Pious Enam Hadzide, will soon resume his role after he was cleared of any wrongdoing in the Australian Visa scandal by a police report.
The President made said the suspension would be lifted on Monday, 9 July 2018.
In an address at the National Delegates Conference in Koforidua on Saturday, 7 July 2018, on the theme: “NPP: Building a stronger party; delivering prosperity to Ghanaians”, the president said: “Yesterday on my return in the evening from a state visit from South Africa, I received a police report on the Australian visa scandal which has exonerated the suspended deputy minister for youth and sports from any complicity in the visa fraud. I'll lift his suspension on Monday and return him to office.”
Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday, 12 April 2018, suspended from office with immediate effect Mr Hadzide and the Acting Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA) Robert Sarfo Mensah.
The two were suspended following preliminary investigations conducted into the circumstances that led to the arrest of some 60 Ghanaians who had allegedly attempted to enter Australia by false pretences in the ongoing 21st Commonwealth Games, a statement from the presidency explained.
The president of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Mr Ben Nunoo Mensah, the Board Chairman of the NSA Kwadwo Baah Agyemang and the chef-de-maison for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Mr Mohammed Shanoon were also recalled from the games to assist in investigations.