AVIATION: "The Airport Will Not Be Sold Under This Government" - Kofi Adda Confirms
The Minister of Aviation, Kofi Adda has confirmed that the country's airport will not be sold under the Akufo-Addo administration.
Addressing Journalists at the Kotoka International Airport, the Aviation Minister said " Today, we are very concerned about the aviation because of the vision of His Excellency, the President. We are not selling the airport, we are not privatizing it. We want to create jobs"
He called on the public to rubbish the fake news making waves on the internet in relation to the countries airport.
It will be recalled that President Akufo-Addo five months ago, directed that the country's land, air and sea borders be closed, effective 23rd March, 2020.
ThinkNews Online has gathered that since March 23, the general economy has been severely hit in many respects, especially the aviation sector as well as the hospitality industry were directly affected.
The impact on aspects of the economy, particularly jobs, and business revenues and many other associated activities have also been adversely affected.
The Aviation Minister said "We are all also privy to the various support mechanisms and relief programmes introduced, including the stimulus package by the President to alleviate the sufferings of Ghanaians, both citizens and businesses, and we are grateful for that. I am sure many Ghanaians see in these measures the marks of a caring government and a sensitive government"
He added that industry players in the aviation sector played their part to support the government’s efforts in this regard such as waiving rent, reducing royalties as well as landing charges for aircraft coming into the country.
He explained that the sector also managed to keep its staff in their jobs via their own efforts.
"Today, ladies and gentlemen, the Ministry of Aviation and its agencies remain resolute to help attain the Vision set by the President to make Ghana the Aviation Hub in the sub-region, and we are committed to doing this while maintaining the highest standards of safety and security, as exhibited in the past that recently earned the nation the highest score on the African continent as awarded by the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) in 2019. Might I emphasize too, that as we strive to get out of the claws of the Covid-19 pandemic, we will strive to continue to ensure that we adhere strictly to the protocols laid down by the Ministry of Health as those protocols are for our good. In this regard therefore, I take this opportunity to urge all Ghanaians and the travelling public to do same" he noted.
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith