Chief of Staff inaugurates committee to address aviation land issues 

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The Chief of Staff (COS), Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, has inaugurated a Technical Committee at Jubilee House to look into the issues regarding development on the Aviation lands at La Transmission station (LA-Ts) and La Nkwantanang at Adenta.

This comes after a recent strike action by the Staff Union of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to register their protest on allocation of the lands to the La traditional council and the private sector for development.

Following a meeting with the Chief of Staff and the Union at the Office of the President on the 15th October, 2020, the Union agreed to call off the strike to allow the Chief of Staff address their concerns for speedy resolution of the matter. This culminated in formation of the Technical Committee by the president.

Addressing the Committee members, Mrs. Osei-Opare said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has a high and ambitious vision for the Aviation Sector, and there is therefore a need to tackle problems that serve as a threat to the President’s vision of Ghana becoming an aviation hub in the sub-region.

Present at the inaugural meeting were high ranking officers of government including the Minister for Aviation, Joseph Kofi Adda; Deputy-Minister for National Security, Henry Quartey; Chief Directors for Aviation and the Presidency among others.

The Committee members are Joseph Mensah Browne from the Ministerial Advisory Board; Mary Obeng from Ghana Institution of Engineers; Bernard Forson from the National Communication Authority

The others are: Ernest Berkoe from the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations; Kwabena Osei Bonsu Dickson from the Ministry of National Security; Amin Abdul-Rahaman from the Ministry of Aviation; Air Cdre Jacob Ashrifie from the Ghana Airforce, Member; and Irene Messiba from the Ministry of Transport.

They were tasked to look into the Union’s concerns and submit their findings and recommendations.

Mrs. Frema Osei-Opare outlined the Terms of Reference (TOR) with which the Committee is to work.

In remarks on the Terms of Reference, the Chief of Staff stressed safety of the airways and admonished the Committee to ensure professionalism in delivery of the assignment; and above all, to ensure that their recommendations facilitate attainment of the President of the Republic’s vision for the aviation sector.

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