Private legal practitioner and a member of the NDC Communications Team, Godwin Edudzi Tamakloe has opined that Board Chairman of the Ghana Airport Company Limited, Paul Adom Otchere goofed in responding to the alleged foul play in the cost of Christmas decorations at the KIA by the company.
Lawyer Edudzi Tamakloe says, Paul Adom Otchere as the board chairman has no business in meddling with the day-to-day management of the company. To him the host of Good Evening Ghana on Metro TV erred in responding to accusations about the alleged procurement issues raised with the decorations.
The former aide of President John Dramani Mahama cannot fathom why Paul Adom Otchere will jump the gun and respond to these claims when the company has a management team headed by the CEO in addition to a Public Relations Department.
He further stated that the actions of the board chairman has brought unnecessary pressure on himself; something the lawyer said could have been prevented if he stayed out of the issues and allowed the management of the Ghana Airport Company to handle the issue.
Speaking in an interview with Accra-based Okay FM monitored by ABC News, Godwin Edudzi Tamakloe insisted that his friend and colleague got it totally wrong.
“Why should we even be talking about Paul? Where is the management of Ghana Airport Company? Why? Ghana Airport Company has a board in addition to a management headed by a Chief Executive Officer. It also has a PR department. What is the business of the board chairman being the one interacting with the public? He got it totally wrong,” he opined.
A Facebook user had alleged that the company bought the trees for GH¢84,000.
Responding to the claim, Mr. Adom Otchere, also in a Facebook post, said the trees were bought at a discounted price of GH¢34,000.
The Good Evening Ghana host also explained that other inspirations at the airport were provided by Favors and Arts for GH¢84,000 out of which GH¢50,000 was obtained via sponsorship.
He noted that the total expenditure of 2021 is the lowest since 2016.
Mr. Adom Otchere’s full post read:
Dear folks, my attention has been drawn to a social media post (herein attached) grossly misrepresenting facts about Christmas inspirations that were mounted at the Kotoka International Airport.
Here are the facts:
FACT: The Ghana Airports Company Limited has for many years mounted Christmas inspirations around the terminal area to create a festive atmosphere for passengers and their families coming into the country.
FACT: The total expenditure of 2021 is the lowest since 2016.
FACT: Two separate suppliers were invited to submit bids. The bids were discussed and discounts were obtained. (We are grateful to Jandel Limited and Favors and Arts)
FACT: The beautiful Christmas tree standing at Terminal 3 and 3 others altogether cost GH¢34,000, which was graciously provided by Jandel Limited at a heavy discount. (We thank Jandel Limited)
FACT: The other inspirations were provided by Favors and Arts for a total cost of GH¢84,000 out of which GH¢50,000 was obtained via sponsorship.
FACT: All salaries and or bonuses due staff for December have been paid.
It is ridiculous for anyone to say that the invoices from these two reputable companies were issued in the name of the Board Chairman, that just means the author of such spurious allegations has insufficient acquaintance with corporate workings.
We will like to urge the general public to disregard these unfounded allegations. The GACL has a fully operational corporate affairs department that can attend to all public inquiries.
We will like to assure the general public that we are fiercely committed to supporting the Hon Minister of Transport to achieve President Akufo-Addo’s vision for the airport, the vision contained in clear directions is to “make all Ghana airports an important symbol for our national development agenda”.