Africa: Trouble at Ghana Airports Company
There is seething tension at the Head office of the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), the state-owned limited liability company mandated to manage all publicly-owned airports and aerodromes in the country, following persistent interference in the company’s operations by the Aviation Ministry.
It is understood that company’s Board, wrote to the Aviation Minister expressing reservations about the signing of ‘several’ MoUs between the Ministry and third parties that commit the airports operator to arrangements of which the Board had no knowledge.
These deals, B&FT sources say, include the MoU with SWISS Port for the construction of a Freight Forwarders Office Complex and the Construction of Cargo Village and road at the Tamale airport.
The Oboshie Sai Coffie-led Board also expressed their displeasure in a recent letter to the Aviation Minister about a directive to management of the company to suspend work on construction of the Airport City II project until further notice without recourse to the Board of the limited liability company; a decision that the Board has since reversed.
Following various offers to manage KIA received by the Aviation Minster for perusal, the GACL Board noted in a recent letter that: “Your press release [of April 17, 2019] suggests that the policy may have gone beyond the inception stage”, and requested to be appropriately furnished with the proposals for scrutiny.
Another critical issue raised by the Board was dismissal of the former Managing Director and purported reassignment of Mr. Robert Tagoe, the Secretary to the Board of the GACL and Group Executive Human Capital and Office Services.
Criticizing the nature of the directive and its financial and reputational cost to the organization, the board noted that was of the opinion that the growing incursions on the Board and Management’s autonomy may negatively affect the governance principles and obligations of GACL as required by law and by the contracts with the company’s lenders, noting that It may also affect morale of staff and may put the company in a bad light in the international community.