Chairman of Parliament’s Roads and Transport Committee, Kennedy Osei Nyarko has shot down suggestions that the immediate past Managing Director of the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL), Yaw Kwakwa, was relieved of his post following the scrimmage with McDan Aviation.
Kennedy Osei Nyarko, also the Member of Akim Swedru on Citi TV‘s parliamentary magazine show, The Chamber said there is no basis linking the termination of Mr. Kwakwa’s appointment to the McDan tussle adding that such an assertion is only a figment of one’s imagination.
“I don’t want to believe those notions people are trying to make out there. These are some conjectures people will make. I can tell you for a fact, I don’t think it’s because he [Yaw Kwakwa] touched McDan”, he said.
Mr. Kwakwa was dismissed last week by President Akufo-Addo without any express reason.
Since the sacking came days after Mr. Kwakwa expressed concerns with McDan Aviation over the operationalization of a private jet terminal, many have suspected, the dismissal is a result of that.
But Kennedy Osei Nyarko maintains such insinuations are unfounded since the dismissal could even be due to issues staff of the facility had raised against the Managing Director in the past.
“The worker’s union has been agitating for his removal. There had been some form of an internal committee to do some investigations to find out the issues that workers had raised. The tussle between the worker’s union and the MD has been going on for a while, now.”
“It may just be coincidental that at the time when the President decided to take a decision, it coincided with the issues between the GACL and McDan. So it has nothing to do with whatever happened McDan. The Minister had said that he was solid behind the action that the MD had taken and that whatever decision the MD took was a directive he gave.”
MP for Adaklu and Ranking Member of the Roads and Transport Committee, Governs Kwame Agbodza on the same programme, was, however, worried about the manner in which the GACL was shown the exit.
He was of the view that the Office of the Presidency could have handled the whole termination process much better.
“I feel so sad for him. If you look at the date of the dismissal of the letter, his fate had been sealed before, but he was still made to conduct his duties. The President has the right to appoint, but I don’t think that is the right way to get rid of anyone. The days when people hear of their dismissal on radio or on the internet are gone. If all that we are told is that, he was getting McDan to do the right thing, what then was his fault, unless his dismal is based on something else that we don’t know, then I think the dismissal is unfair.”