AIRPORT Workers, Jubilee House Hit Stalemate

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-Workers insist on dismissal of Airport Company MD

Workers union of the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL) have insisted they will not budge in their demand for the Managing Director of the state airport company, Yaw Kwakwa to be dismissed by President Akufo Addo.

Whatsup News gathered that this was the demand the union made when they were called to the Jubilee House in a crunch meeting to resolve the airport impasse.

Activities at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) and other major airports in the country were grounded today as workers embarked on an industrial action.

The Divisional Union of the Public Services Workers’ Union of the Trade Union Congress directed all staff at KIA to withdraw their services from 6 am on Friday, February 26

indefinitely.

Their reasons for the impending action are gross mismanagement and abuse of office by the GACL Managing Director Yaw Kwakwa and the board of the state airport company.

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In a press statement released today, February 25, 2021, the workers accused the board of deliberately shelving the report of an investigative committee that reportedly indicted Mr. Kwakwa for corruption and maladministration.

“We believe that the only way to turn the fortunes of the company around is the removal of the Managing Director,” read the release signed by Abdul Issaka-Bamba, the Divisional Chairman of the workers union.

The strike has affected the sections that screen pre-boarding passengers, fire and safety officers for all aircraft, water supply and sewage workers and workers responsible for public announcement and information.

In their press statement dated February 25, the Union said the only way to turn the fortunes of the Company around is when the Managing Director is removed from his post.

Till then, the general public, especially air operators are being notified of the withdrawal of services.

Affected services include; screening of pre-board passengers and access control, fire/safety cover for all aircraft, water and sewage treatment, and public announcement and flight display.

Mr. Kwakwa was responsible for signing the dubious contract with Frontier Healthcare Services, resulting in the extraction of US$150 from every inbound passenger to the KIA for an alleged COVID-19 test.

Neither the Minister of Health, Foreign Minister, the Attorney General nor even the Minister of Procurement was aware of the content of this contract. 

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