Audio Attachment:Listen to Koku Anyidoho in the audio attachment on the embarrassing floodlights malfunction at the Baba Yara Sports stadium.
Government has denied news reports indicating that the Ashanti Regional Manager of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Alhaji Abdulai Kurah, has been fired in the wake of difficulties with the flood lights at the Kumasi Sports Stadium on Friday.
The Information Ministry, in a statement issued on Saturday and signed by the sector minister, Hon Fritz Baffour said “the President has given no such directive and it is therefore not true that the ECG boss in the Ashanti region has been fired.”
This statement comes after the Communications Director at the Presidency, Koku Anyidoho, told Anim Addo of PeaceFM Sports in an interview that the Ashanti Regional boss of the ECG has been fired with immediate effect for his role in the blackout that occurred during the World Cup qualifiers between Ghana and Lesotho on Friday evening.
According to him, the neck of all those on duty at ECG and all those who had something do with the matter are on the line.
"President Mills is upset and everybody who has a role to play in the matter will have their heads roll...This is unacceptable and the president is upset," Koku Anyidoho said.
But the Information Ministry says government has only directed an investigation to establish the cause of the failure of the flood lights in order for the appropriate corrective measures to be instituted against a recurrence in the future.
The statement issued by government also congratulated the Black Stars for their “outstanding performance and the massive goal harvest scored against Lesotho last night. The team will continue to enjoy the support of the government to enable the nation qualify for the next world cup tournament.”
Meanwhile, Mr Anyidoho has accepted responsibility for the statement.
According to him, some senior persons in government took the rather rash decision to suspend the Ashanti Regional ECG boss.
Mr Koku Anyidoho told Joy FM's news analysis programme, Newsfile, Saturday he was with some senior persons when the decision was taken in the heat of the moment.
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