KIA is not for sale – Government

The Ministry of Aviation has dismissed claims that the Kotoka International Airport is being sold to a foreign company.

A statement the Ministry stated that no such deal has ever been conceived the government of Ghana adding that the reports are fabricated.

According to the ministry, the government is only considering a proposed Strategic Partnership Arrangement between GACL and TAV-SUMMA Consortium to improve service delivery and expansion of infrastructure at the Kotoka International Airport to achieve Government’s vision of making Ghana the Aviation Hub within the West African Sub-Region.

“To this end, we herestate categorically that neither the Ministry nor the GACL has yet formally started any process of engagement on the subject matter with any stakeholder or partner.

“We therefore wish to note that the false information on the sale of the Kotoka International Airport being circulated in the media/social media is the work of mischievous and malicious elements to pitch the staff of GACL and the general public against the government to achieve their diabolical agenda and erode the successes chalked in the Aviation Sector for the last Three (3) years.”

Below is the full statement

PRESS STATEMENT

ALLEGED SALE OF THE KOTOKA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO A FOREIGN COMPANY

The attention of the Ministry of Aviation has been drawn to a fabricated publication going round in media circles and the social media landscape that the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) is being sold to a foreign company to take over its management and operations.

THE MINISTRY OF AVIATION WISHES TO UNEQUIVOCALLY INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND THE GOOD PEOPLE OF GHANA THAT THE KOTOKA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IS NOT FOR SALE AND NO SUCH DEAL HAS EVER BEEN CONCEIVED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF GHANA.

Indeed, what is being considered for deliberation the Ministry and its stakeholders including the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) is a proposed Strategic Partnership Arrangement between GACL and TAV-SUMMA Consortium to improve service delivery and expansion of infrastructure at the Kotoka International Airport to achieve Government’s vision of making Ghana the Aviation Hub within the West African Sub-Region.

In this regard, an Executive Approval was granted H.E. the President for the Ministry to facilitate the engagement of the Strategic Partners.

To this end, we herestate categorically that neither the Ministry nor the GACL has yet formally started any process of engagement on the subject matter with any stakeholder or partner.

We therefore wish to note that the false information on the sale of the Kotoka International Airport being circulated in the media/social media is the work of mischievous and malicious elements to pitch the staff of GACL and the general public against the government to achieve their diabolical agenda and erode the successes chalked in the Aviation Sector for the last Three (3) years.

As a Ministry responsible for Aviation, we shall continue to constructively engage our agencies and all stakeholders in matters affecting the Aviation Sector and Industry with the ultimate aim of achieving H.E. the President’s vision of making Ghana an Aviation Hub in the Sub-Region.

Based on the above submission, the general public is hereentreated to disregard the fabrication going on in the media regarding the sale of the Kotoka International Airport.

SIGNED:

JOSEPH KOFI ADDA (MP) MINISTER

ALL MEDIA AND PRESS HOUSES

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