Akuffo Addo’s Kumasi Airport sod cutting ceremony ‘needless’- Minority

Akuffo Addo’s Kumasi Airport sod cutting ceremony ‘needless’- Minority

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The Minority in Parliament in a statement released on Wednesday 6th June 2018 has condemned  the sod cutting ceremony by President Akuffo Addo  for the commencement of work on the second phase of the Kumasi Airport project as needless and a waste of time and resources.

In a statement signed by Kwame Governs Agbodza, Member of Parliament for Adaklu and Ranking Member on Road and Transport Committee of Parliament , the Minority in Parliament said the sod cutting ceremony by the President is a complete waste of time and resources. “The  purported sod cutting by the President would amount to a needless waste of time and scarce national resources in view of the fact that his predecessor, President John Dramani Mahama, performed the same ceremony on 5th December 2016,”.

According to the statement, former President Mahama performed the ceremony after securing parliamentary approval of a loan of  65,037,500 Euros from Banco Santander S.A. and export credit support from the United Kingdom Export Finance Agency, for onward lending in the sum of 7,762,500 Euros, to the Ghana Airports Company Limited, in November 2016.

Meanwhile,  the President said the cost of the project will be€66,350,000.00 and is expected to be completed in 24 months. It involves the construction of a new terminal building, extension of the runway, car park, access roads and security fence.

He also underlined the need for quality job and said there needed to be value for money. He spoke of the unwavering commitment of his government to develop the domestic aviation sector, citing the removal of 17 percent value added tax (VAT) on flight tickets.

 

 

READ FULL STATEMENT BY MINORITY ON WEDNESDAY’S CEREMONY.

MP for Adaklu and Ranking Member on Road and Transport Committee, Kwame Governs Agbodza

STATEMENT BY MINORITY IN PARLIAMENT ON PURPORTED SOD CUTTING FOR WORK ON KUMASI AIRPORT PHASE II

 

The Minority  Caucus in Parliament has received with shock and bewilderment, news that President Akufo Addo will cut the sod for work on the second phase of the Kumasi International Airport.

The purported sod cutting by the President would amount to a needless waste of time and scarce national resources in view of the fact that his predecessor, President John Dramani Mahama, performed the same ceremony on 5th December 2016.

President Mahama performed the ceremony after securing parliamentary approval of a loan of   65,037,500 Euros from Banco Santander S.A. and export credit support from the United Kingdom Export Finance Agency, for onward lending in the sum of 7,762,500 Euros, to the Ghana Airports Company Limited, in November 2016.

This was preceded by Cabinet and PPA approvals.

 We note that the same contractor with whom an agreement was entered in 2016 to execute the project has been retained for the project. We find it inexplicable, therefore, that the President would waste scarce national resources only to perform a ceremony that has already been undertaken by his processor.

This sort of conduct smacks of desperation and are symptomatic of a government that has nothing to show for the billions of Ghana Cedis it has borrowed since January 2017.

The Minority caucus in Parliament deplores this level of populism and shallow opportunism through which the Akufo Addo government seeks to take undue credit for the work of others.

We wish to also put on record that similar work was done by the NDC government under President Mahama in respect of the Tamale Airport and we expect that the Akufo Addo government will go through the motions and formalities to ensure the commencement of work on phase two of that project.

 About $ 150 million was approved by Parliament in November 2016 for the execution of the second phase for the project following the completion of the first which saw the extension of the runway.

Hon Kwame Governs Agbodza

MP for Adaklu and Ranking Member on Road and Transport Committee of Parliament.

Wednesday,6th June 2018

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