Minority kicks against ‘privatisation’ of KIA

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The Kotoka International Airport

The Minority in Parliament has served notice it will kick against any plan by the government to privatise Ghana Airport Company Limited.

They argue that handing over a state-owned company to foreigners at a time it is making profit is untenable.

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A document sighted by Adomonline.com supposedly presented to Cabinet by the Aviation Minister, Mr Joseph Kofi Adda is said to be seeking approval for the Ministry “to facilitate the engagement of TAV Airport Holding Company Limited for the management of the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).”

The document, prepared in March 2019, notes that “the participation of the private sector will bring about the needed equity investment for the transformation of the sector, thereby making the KIA achieve the competitive status within the West African sub-region and continent as a whole.”

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In response, the Minority maintains that the planned privatisation by the government is a vote of no confidence in Ghanaians managing the facility.

Ranking Member on Transport Committee, Kwame Agbodza

Ranking member on the Transport Committee, Mr Kwame Agbodza, leading the charge on Adom FM’s morning show, Dwaso Nsem ,Wednesday said they will kick against it with alacrity.

He alleged that the planned privatisation is to serve individual interest and not State interest.

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“We have built enough homegrown capacity to run the airport for over 10 years; why hand it over to foreigners who will end up repatriating all the profit to their country?” he quizzed.

Rather, Mr Agbodza advised the government to invest in expanding infrastructure at the KIA and other airports across the country.

“Ghana Airport Company needs investment in physical things; complete Kumasi[Ashanti Region], complete Tamale [Northern Region], complete Wa Upper West Region], complete Ho [Volta Region] and activate them,” he added.

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Mr Agbodza is certain if politicians allow the Ghana Airport Company to function, it will make enough profit to pay off its debt.

“If their work is depoliticised and it runs professionally, there is no way Ghana Airport can fail,” he noted.

Source: Ghana|Adomonline.com|Adwoa Gyasiwaa Agyeman

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