The Ghana Union of Traders Affiliation (GUTA) has accused Aviation Minister Joseph Kofi Addah of usurping the electricity and authority of the Minister for Well being.
The Association is agitated at what it thinks is the laxity on the component of the Minister in making sure correct disinfection of the airports where the small business is transacted on a every day basis in these critical moments when attempts are currently being manufactured to curtail the unfold of Covid-19.
GUTA is additional concerned as domestic flight operations have started with Ghanaians traversing numerous places, a trend they argue should really have prompted the Minister to swiftly move in to put into action and implement basic safety measures like disinfecting aircrafts and cargo.
The Minister in a statement dated Could 15, 2020 on a new disinfection physical exercise at the Kotoka Global Airport, accused the Bigger Accra Regional Chairman Messrs.
David Kwadwo Amoateng and Secretary of GUTA Nana Poku respectively of building pronouncements that have been calculated at triggering disaffection for him and the Controlling Director of the Ghana Airports Company Constrained Yaw Kwakwa.
But the two say the Minister is getting the basic safety and life of their members who transact enterprise at the Airports for granted by refusing to adhere to a directive from the Minister of Wellbeing Kwaku Agyemang Manu by way of a letter dated May possibly 17, 2019 to acquire techniques to comply with Intercontinental Laws concerning Worldwide Health Rules for disinfection of Ghana’s Airports.
The Aviation Minister’s letter browse in element that “Matters of Aviation policy and Airport administration concepts and specifications as nicely as internationally authorised processes are hugely specialised that Messrs.
Amoateng and Poku are not sufficiently qualified to make pronouncements or pass judgement on, in particular regarding the capability, management capacity and competence of senior management officers of the sector, as they are not the appointing authority to query the positions of these two senior governing administration officers.’’
But at a press convention on Tuesday Might, 19, 2020, the two GUTA executives described the Aviation Minister as incompetent.
In accordance to them, they are far better educated and abreast of issues as much as the industry is anxious, especially in this era of Covid-19, than the Minister, citing the Mr Adda’s posturing, pronouncements and actions.
They argue that it is the Ministry of Wellness and the Ghana Health Service that has jurisdiction over all issues relating to Well being and disinfection at the Airports and not the Ministry of Aviation and the Ghana Airports Corporation Limited (GACL).
A assertion read through at the press conference stated in element that, “It is distinct from your statement that you even now do not fully grasp what we are chatting about. Open your eyes. The globe has a pandemic named Covid-19. Working with viruses and pandemics by regulation is less than the jurisdiction of Ministry of Overall health not Ministry of Aviation. Your ego has blocked your reasoning and has accelerated the distribute of the virus and decline of Ghanaian lives.’’
The statement ongoing that “overwhelming facts came from the stakeholders’ meetings with the Ministry of Health. We do not imagine even you can convey to the Minister of Well being how he ought to be undertaking and conducting disinfection at the borders. They have a substantial department called Port Wellness, and they really have workplaces at the Airports.
It is Ghana Overall health Provider, not the Ghana Airport Firm who checks people’s temperature and yellow playing cards when they appear in and out of passport manage. This is a prime illustration of the way issues should really be at the Airport about well being matters and now you are making an attempt to improve it in a way that is tough common perception and the legislation.’’
GUTA suggests it is unbelievable that the Minister would question for a contract with the accredited disinfection firm, but has no contracts with the Port Overall health Device, the Ghana Immigration Support, the Police and Customs who all run in the airports.
‘’Do you have contracts with Port Overall health, Immigration Service, the Law enforcement, Customs, for them to be at the Airport? GHS has now contracted the Disinfection Health Support much more than a yr ago. You have not assisted them to carry out a general public obligation and now that there is pandemic and persons of Ghana want answers, you assert that you are underneath duress which is caused by the simple fact that you unsuccessful to act on the Minister of Wellbeing Letter dated 1t7h May well 2019 with the reference variety MOH/OM/LCB-AV/14919. You want anyone to occur and indicator contracts with you, even while it has very little to do with you due to the fact of your selfish interest’’ they posited.
In accordance to them, it is clear that the Minister – who cites some expense features for not allowing for the respectable enterprise contracted for the airports’ disinfection LCB Around the world Ghana Confined to have out its mandate – does not worth the life of Ghanaians.
“Mr Minister, how a great deal does the lifestyle of a Ghanaian truly worth? In accordance to your explanation, not $20. Traders are business people today we know there is no totally free lunch, 1 way or a further we the traders of Ghana who are the challenging forex homeowners of this place, who are the taxpayers of this region will conclude up paying for it. No matter if it will be from airport taxes, air ticket rates, we never know the place the payment will come from, but we know that we will end up paying for it. Whichever the price is, it is not worthy of dropping our life. This is the principal reason why we have supported and paid out for the Disinfection Wellness Provider at the ports of Tema and Takoradi.’’
All over again, they accuse the Aviation Minister of incompetence declaring it was beneath his observe that Ghana recorded her very first Covid-19 scenario via the Airport, which then spread across the country.
“Answer this Mr. Minister? Wherever did Covid-19 virus occur from? Did it come into Ghana from Tema or Takoradi Ports the place the Ministry of Wellbeing properly executed the Disinfection Health Provider with the aid of Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority? or Did it come from the Airport in which you have refused to support the Wellness officials in implementing the Disinfection Health and fitness Support? We, the exact sick-informed team or men and women, can explain to you that the Covid-19 virus came by the Airport that you handle, and it distribute all about Ghana. It only necessitates prevalent feeling to see this, not awards from Airport Council International’’ the argued.