The Minority in Parliament has raised the red flags over moves to find a strategic partner to manage the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL) due to its large debt portfolio.
GACL has time without number defended its decision to secure a partnership with a foreign firm in the management of the country’s Airports in a bid to address some operational and logistical challenges.
Among others, the company argues that it needs to offset huge outstanding debts including the loan contracted for the construction of Terminal 3 of the Kotoka International Airport as well as embark on a massive infrastructural drive at the various airports of the country.
But Ranking Member of Parliament’s Roads and Transport Committee, Kwame Agbodza, says this is an attempt to rip off the country and sell off the nation’s assets to cronies of the governing party.
Speaking to ABC News, Mr Agbodza cautioned against such moves saying the airport is still viable.
“At the moment we don’t need a strategic investor at Kotoka. After we refurbished Terminal 2, built a brand new terminal 3, Kotoka’s capacity can now sustain the growth of passenger and freight for the next 5 to ten years. Why will anybody even without reaching that full optimum capacity wants to hand over the management of the airport to somebody else?” he quizzed.
“We don’t need anybody to manage it for us. So whoever doing the negotiations, we are told there is no agreement yet so whoever is in this strategic discussion should please watch what you are doing because it is not in the interest of Ghana,” he said.
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