The Minority in Parliament says government is planning to hand over the management of the Kotoka International Airport to a Turkish firm TAV Airport Holding, to replace the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) which is currently managing it.
Ranking member on the Transport Committee, Kwame Agbodza says cabinet is discussing the plan and government wants to do same with the entire local airport as well.
JoyNews has sighted a document supposedly prepared by the Aviation Minister, Joseph Kofi Adda, which says that it was seeking approval from Cabinet for the Ministry “to facilitate the engagement of TAV Airport Holding Company Limited for the management of the Kotoka International Airport.”
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 subregion and continent as a whole.”
However, Kwame Agbodza insists, the GACL is doing a good job with the airports already and raised questions over why a foreign company should take over.
“Do we have to privatise the management of Ghana Airports Company? No, because the minister proved at the plenary in Parliament recently that Ghana Airports and its agencies are in good health financially,” he told JoyNews Parliamentary correspondent, Joseph Opoku Gakpo, Tuesday.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) member for Adaklu Constituency of the Volta Region said the Minority suspects persons in government are going to be the ultimate beneficiaries of the deal at the expense of government because “there is no management problem there [GACL].”
“I think it is quite clear they want to hand it over to their cronies and instead of the state making money to improve and increase the infrastructure, part of that money will go to them,” he alleged.
According to him, the GACL currently requires resources to continue its expansion projects across the country and become more competitive.
“Ghana Airports 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 charged.
He wants the government to “backoff this particular move” because it’s not in the interest of GACL “neither is it in the interest of the State.”
“They will not get the support of the Minority because it’s not in the interest of the state,” Agbodza added.
Aviation Minister denies
Meanwhile, Aviation Minister, Joseph Kofi Adda has dismissed reports of plans to privatise the management of the KIA.
“First of all, I’ve not seen anything credible on that. I would like to get something credible from whoever is putting this out there for them to explain to me what they mean by privatization…” Mr. Adda told Joy Business Tuesday.
He added “I’ve even heard that we are going to sell Ghana Airport, I don’t know whom we are going to sell it to or who is going to buy it, for how much. I’m surprised at this,” he added.