The Aviation Ministry has debunked stories about a supposed diversion of deal previously awarded to LCB Around the globe (LCB) for the disinfection of airports in Ghana.
In individuals media reports, it is alleged by Messrs. David Kwadwo Amoateng and Nana Poku, who are the Higher Accra Regional Branch Chairman and Common Secretary of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) that the Minister of Aviation and the Running Director of the Ghana Aviation Enterprise Limited (GACL) experienced diverted a deal that was awarded to LCB for the disinfection of the airports to a different corporation.
Having said that, in a assertion signed by the Minister of Aviation, Joseph Kofi Adda says the information is “blatantly false” and should be handled with contempt.
According to him, this is just a ploy to force the GACL and the Ministry of Aviation to use the companies of LCB below duress.
“In-as-substantially as the Ministry and its companies welcome providers interested in any element of small business in the sector which they qualify to undertake, particularly the likes of LCB, which may perhaps have specialized products and companies suitable to the functions of the aviation industry, the Ministry and its businesses will not countenance any engagement that does not go through owing process as offered for under the General public Procurement Act.”
In the statement, the Minister clarified that the LCB has no contractual relationship in anyway with the GACL nor the Ministry to undertake any form of disinfection work out at the a variety of airports.
He, nevertheless, explained that the LCB did have a agreement with the Ministry of Transport and Overall health to among other matters, disinfect Delivery ports and not airports.
“For the avoidance of question, we point out emphatically that neither the Minister for Aviation nor the MD of GACL has diverted any deal for LCB, and may we also include that the latter has no deal with possibly MoA or GACL to undertake any kind of disinfection or set up of any kinds of gadgets, as the Governing Board of GACL has not authorized these kinds of a deal for LCB
“ We even so concede that LCB has a agreement with the Ministries of Transport and Health, and the scope of get the job done to undertake that agreement, as we realize it, is squarely for the disinfection of the ports of Tema and Takoradi, and not airports, which are not under the purview of the two ministries which entered into the deal with LCB.”
Indeed, the LCB experienced earlier supplied to undertake a disinfection physical exercise for the airports at a price tag of US$19million, recoverable through a $20 demand per round journey to be borne by air travellers.
Nevertheless the present was turned down by the governing board of the GACL as it would have inadvertently led to a larger price of air journey.
“To assist respect the money implication of this at today’s trade amount, LCB, right after investing this initial sum, would be drawing from passengers, the equivalent of GH₵ 325million for every yr.
“These margins are guaranteed in perpetuity, as the proposal stipulates no expression restrict. This runs opposite to the direction and criteria founded by the Worldwide Air Transport Affiliation (IATA) and ICAO on aviation-related expenses.”
Even so, despite the misunderstanding, the Ministry of details wants to make clear that the LCB can keep on “with its bid to make installations of acceptable gadgets, issue to approval by the Governing Board of GACL, and supplying consideration to expenditures and connected matters.”