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Kwakwa was sacked for standing up against wrongdoing in the matter of private jet lounge

A former Deputy Minister of Information, Felix Kwakye Ofosu has reacted to the sacking of the Managing Director of the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), Yaw Kwakwa, by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

In his view, Mr Kwakwa was sacked for standing up against clear wrongdoing in the matter of the private jet lounge at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

“For standing up against clear wrongdoing in the matter of the private jet lounge at the Kotoka International Airport, the GACL CEO gets fired by President Akufo-Addo who has proven to value his cronies more than due process and compliance with rules,” Felix said in a tweet shortly after the announcement of the sacking of the GACL MD on Wednesday February 9.

Announcing the termination of the appointment, the Transport Minister Kwaku Ofori Asiamah in a letter said “His Excellency the President, per letter No. 0P S127/22/104, dated 31st January 2022, has directed the appointment of Mr Yaw Kwakwa as Managing Director of the Ghana Airport’s Company Limited be terminated,”

It is however unclear the reasons behind the termination of his appointment.

This comes at a time the GACL had earlier ordered McDan Aviation to suspend the use of the KIA Terminal 1 until further notice.

“We refer to our earlier discussions and subsequent directive to suspend the inauguration of the private jet terminal at the Kotoka International Airport until all necessary operational requirements and obligations are met.

“We note with concern your failure to comply with the directive despite the outstanding issues on the prior terms and conditions for the use and operations of Terminal 1 as a private Jet Terminal.

“Management has subsequently directed the suspension of your use of Terminal 1 until further notice,” a statement signed by the Managing Director of the GACL Yaw Kwakwa said.

The GACL later granted Mac Dan the permit to operationalize the Private Jet at the Terminal 1 at the KIA.

A letter signed by Mr Kwakwa said “With Reference to our earlier letter referenced GACL/MD/FHS20/1/22on the above subject we wish to inform you that the GACL has delegated the Terminal 1 to MacDan aviation for private jet operations.”

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