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Former Vice President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and Director of Accra Great Olympics, Fred Pappoe, has admitted that the rot that has been uncovered at the GFA is the result of long years of inaction by members of the Association.

“Quite a number of us have slept on our jobs and it’s a fact that should be accepted. We allowed [underhand dealings and corruption] to have festered for far too long,” he said.

He, however, blamed the lack of action to stem the festering corruption at the GFA on a general ineffective system that is characterised by poor structures and irresponsive regulations.

Speaking on Multi TV’s current affairs programme, PM Express, Tuesday evening, Mr Pappoe said in most instances, the system failed to look into reports of underhand dealings, and if it does, officials with responsibility to trigger corrective measures “choose not to or choose to do it in a way which is not optimal.”

Mr Pappoe was commenting on an ongoing process by the government, led by the Attorney-General, Gloria Akuffo, to dissolve the GFA following an exposé by the controversial investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

An Accra High Court on Tuesday granted an injunction by Ms Akuffo, restraining officials of the GFA from carrying out all official activities.

Gloria Akuffo

Attorney-General, Gloria Akuffo

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