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Ghana FA extend term of 10-member Disciplinary Committee

The President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kurt Edwin Simeon-Okraku, has urged the Disciplinary Committee (DC) to work towards expeditious adjudication of cases and speedy dispensation of justice.

Addressing the 10-member Committee, chaired Osei Kwadwo Adow Esq., President Okraku urged the members of the judicial body to dispense justice with alacrity as undue delays become a significant barrier to the effective administration of justice to the football community.

In a healthy and broad discussion, the President engaged members of the committee on the scope of their work, processes and logistical challenges, as well as the future outlook for this vital judicial organ of the GFA.

He assured that the Football Association would continue to invest in the judicial bodies by way of providing logistics and organizing capacity building programs, amongst others, to enable them to deliver on their mandate speedily.

Mr. Okraku said Match Commissioners and Referees will also undergo further training as has been done on a yearly basis.

President Okraku used the opportunity to commend members of the Committee for their dedication to duty while highlighting the extension of their mandate till the end of the season.

“The essence of this engagement is to say ‘thank you’ for your support for the work of the FA and the football family,” President Okraku said.

“You were picked and endorsed by Congress to serve for a period. That period of service has been extended to the end of this season because we can only effect changes at Congress. So once we had not held our Congress, it was the responsibility of the Executive Council to extend your mandate till the end of this current season. That is how the committee has been able to continue to do its work till today. We do appreciate your work.”

The President spoke highly about the new prosecutor whose work ethic received widespread commendation from the committee.

“You would realize that we have changed the prosecutors. We now have a new prosecutor and I think he’s brought some energy into the process,” he said.

“I want to listen to your team as to how we can make this process a lot quicker, for decisions to come out a lot faster than we currently have. And then if there are inherent issues, we can pick them up and I will get the General Secretary to react immediately.”

Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee, Osei Kwadwo Adow Esq., called for a retreat for the judicial bodies to brainstorm at the end of the season.

“We want the FA to organise a retreat for the committee at the end of the season for us to assess ourselves and to look at the laws we are applying: To look at the procedures through which cases go before they get to us,” he said.

In supporting the call for the retreat, President Kurt Okraku said: “We’ve been talking about a retreat. I think that the retreat will focus on all the judicial committees of the FA so that there is a clear synergy amongst them. The retreat will provide a platform for participants to share ideas.”

He re-echoed his immense gratitude to the members of the Committee.

“On behalf of the Executive Council and on my own behalf, I would like to thank you once again for your dedicated service. I think we’ve come from a point where we’ve improved a lot. It’s very clear from the submissions that there is a lot that we can do for enhanced service delivery and I encourage all of you to sustain your support and make sure we deliver justice to our football community.” the President concluded.

The Ghana Football Association, under the leadership of Kurt Okraku, is determined to build strong independent bodies for the betterment of the football community.

Credit: Ghana FA

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