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Airport workers demonstrate over alleged privatization of company

Some 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 who were clad in red amidst police presence say they will resist any attempts by the government to cede the management of the Kotoka International Airport to any foreign company.

General Secretary of the Public Service Workers Union, Trades Union Congress, Bernard Adjei who led the workers to protest gave reasons for their action saying they will not relent on their efforts until management provide them with better and further particulars to prove that such an agreement has not been reached.

Meanwhile, he wants the workers to be assured of the union’s commitment to ensuring that their concerns are addressed.

According to the Ministry, no such plan has been mooted by the government of Ghana. In a statement to clarify the issue, the sector Minister, Joseph Kofi Adda, urged the public to disregard such claims.

He, however, explained 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 have not begun. 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.

According to the Aviation Ministry, the rent from the operations of McDan Aviation should boost revenue generation for the Ghana Airports Company Limited.


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