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Airport Workers Demonstrate Over Alleged Privatization Of Company

Workers of the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL) on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, staged a demonstration to kick against the alleged privatization of the company.
The agitated staff were clad in red amidst police presence saying they will resist any attempts by the government to cede the management of the Kotoka International Airport to any foreign company.

The General Secretary of the Public Service Workers Union of the Trades Union Congress, Bernard Adjei led the workers to protest and gave reasons for their action saying they will not relent on their efforts until management provides them with a better prove that an agreement has not been reached.
The Aviation Ministry has however stated that no such plan has been mooted by the government of Ghana.
The sector Minister, Joseph Kofi Adda in a statement to clarify that issue urged the public to disregard such claims.
He stressed that Government is engaging stakeholders including the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), to consider a projected Strategic Partnership Arrangement between GACL and TAV-SUMMA Consortium to improve service delivery and expansion of infrastructure at the KIA.
He further noted that the processes for the start of engagement has not begun and stated categorically that neither the Ministry nor GACL has formally started any process of engagement on the subject matter.

Already, Terminal One of the Kotoka International Airport has been rented out to McDan Aviation for a period of fifteen years following the relocation of domestic flights to Terminal Two.
The Ministry said the rent from the operations of McDan Aviation would boost revenue generation for the Ghana Airports Company Limited.

Story by Capt George Maclean

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