President John Evans Atta Mills has charged the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to urgently set up its Public Interest Committee (PIC) to enhance accountability in the administration of football in the country.
As part of its functions, the PIC is to undertake periodic auditing of the accounts of the GFA.

Speaking to journalists at the Kotoka International Airport on Wednesday night, on arrival from Switzerland after a three-day official visit, President Mills said the non-existence of the PIC was a topical issue during discussion he had with the FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, in Zurich.

President Mills said he was surprised that the PIC had not been formed and asked that it should be set up as soon as possible.

Under the GFA's own regulation, the president of the association is mandated to set up the PIC in conformity with FIFA regulations.

But President Mills said his suggestion for the GFA to set up the committee would not amount to interference since it was critical that Ghanaians were made aware of how the huge monies pumped into football administration by the government were untilised.

The issue of football administration came up in answer to a question about the outcome of his meeting with FIFA executives, including Sepp Blatter, as part of his trip.

President Mills explained that because government financed the national team and other activities regarding the football administration, it was appropriate to demand transparency in the way such resources were utilised.

Touching on the general outcome of his visit, President Mills described the trip as very successful, saying he was particularly happy that the Swiss business community were prepared to advance their investments to Ghana.

President Mills said Switzerland had been a very good development partner to Ghana, and the visit would help strengthen the ties between the two countries for their mutual benefit.

Addressing other issues such as the Atiwa by-election that engaged public attention in his absence, he said the loss by the ruling National Democratic Congress would not deter the party from wrestling the seat from the opposition NPP in the 2012 elections.

Although he conceded that the constituency was a stronghold of the NPP, he said the results showed an improvement in the NDC's performance, compared to the previous result, adding that it was an indication that the seat would be won by the NDC in 2012.