- David Kotey "Poison" has spoken after government finally decided to pay him money they borrowed from him
- According to him, he was glad that President Akufo-Addo has come to his aid and repaid him
- D.K Poison loaned the country $45,000 in 1976 after winning the nation's first boxing world title
Living boxing legend, David Kotey Poison, has spoken following the government's decision to repay a 44-year-old loan it took from him after he won his and the nation's 1st world title.
In a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Daily Graphic, D.K Poison indicated that he was now a happy man and finally at peace after President Akufo-Addo directed that the said $45,000 owed him by the state be repaid.
Reports have it that the money was paid on the grounds of compassion owing by the fact that the former boxer was in dire need of money.
President Akufo-Addo approved the payment of the money to Ghana’s first world champion and the letter to that effect went viral on social media.
The move by the NPP-led government was a response to a letter by the Ministry of Sports last yearJune indicating there were enough grounds for the country to refund the money Poison loaned out to the state.
Mr Asmah, a media person close to the former boxer indicated in an interview that D.K Poison was ecstatic when he heard the news of the repayment of his money.
The 69-year-old boxer said he was a happy man and was at peace as his long battle for what was due him to be returned had finally been fulfilled.
“When I broke the news to him this morning, D.K. Poison broke into praise of God for making it happen for him. ‘Oh, this is the work of God," Mr Asmah said.
D.K. Poison earned $75,000 from the Fukuyama fight and was told he was to receive the money on his return to Accra via the Bank of Ghana.
On his return, he was paid ¢31,000 [equivalent to $30,000] and the rest had since been in arrears.
He showed a payslip of the money paid to him by the government and the contract for the fight which detailed how much he earned.
These were some of the documentary evidence he provided to the ministry as proof of the state’s indebtedness to him.
Meanwhile, the government of Barbados has indicated in a communication that the Ghanaian nurses exported to help their public healthcare system have been impressive so far.
According to Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, Barbados's Minister of Health and Wellness, the Ghanaian nurses assigned to various health facilities in the Carribean country are doing marvelously well.
Some of the nurses are stationed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), while others have been posted to polyclinics.
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