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Editorial: AFCON 2024: Ghanaian supporters; $400 per diem and matters arising

Supporters of Ghana's football squad cheer during the Group D, first round, 2010 World Cup football match Germany vs Ghana on June 23, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. Germany won by 1-0. AFP PHOTO/Monirul Bhuiyan (Photo credit should read Monirul Bhuiyan/AFP via Getty Images)
Supporters of Ghana’s football squad cheer during the Group D, first round, 2010 World Cup football match Germany vs Ghana on June 23, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. Germany won by 1-0. AFP PHOTO/Monirul Bhuiyan (Photo credit should read Monirul Bhuiyan/AFP via Getty Images)

The issue of per diems for football supporters is subjective and can be a topic of debate.

Per diem is typically provided to cover expenses such as accommodation, meals, and incidental expenses incurred by individuals while traveling on behalf of an organization or group.

But the Government of Ghana has been lampooned for giving fans in Ivory Coast supporting the Black Stars in the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) $400 each as per diem.

Majority of Ghanaians have argued that, $400 per diem is excessive given the economic conditions in the country and the shambolic performance of the senior national team, the Black Stars.

The concerns raised are justified and rightly so because the funds allocated for per diem could be better utilized elsewhere, such as supporting community initiatives or addressing more pressing needs.

Also, the lack of transparency in how the per diem is determined is a cause for concern. The misuse of public funds leads to skepticism among the general public.

But others are in favour of the $400 per diem noting that, it is necessary to ensure the comfort and well-being of the supporters in the Ivorian country.

They cited among other things the cost of living, accommodation and duration of travel as justifications for the amount.

But the question still remains that, should government continue to bare to cost of Ghanaian sports enthusiasts in the name of supporting national teams?

My answer is a big NO!

I think government should allocate public funds based on priorities that serve the public interest.

Using public funds to cover the travel costs of sports fans may raise questions about whether such expenditures align with broader public needs, especially if there are other pressing issues, such as healthcare, education, or infrastructure.

Also, while supporting sports and fostering a sense of national pride can have positive effects on society, the economic impact and benefits of using public funds for fan travel should be weighed against other potential investments that could generate long-term benefits.

Government operates within budget constraints, and decisions about funding sports fan travel should be made within the context of overall fiscal responsibility. It’s crucial to ensure that such expenditures are sustainable and justifiable.

Rather, I will prefer government encourages private sponsorship and fan contributions to cover travel expenses in future.

This approach could distribute the financial burden more broadly and demonstrate a collaborative effort between the government, private sector, and the public.

Government supporting fans travel can contribute to tourism and enhance the international image of Ghana.

However, ultimately, the decision to bear the cost of travel for sports fans is a complex one that involves weighing various factors.

Public opinion, economic considerations, and the potential benefits to national pride and international image all play a role in shaping government policy on this matter.

Public consultation and transparent decision-making processes can help ensure that the use of public funds aligns with the priorities and expectations of the citizens.

I rest my case!!!