The Government of Ghana on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, announced that it had signed an agreement with De Havilland Aircraft of Canada to purchase six aircrafts for a new national carrier.
According to the agreement and arrangement, the aircrafts are expected to be delivered by first quarter of 2020. Ghana’s Aviation Minister, Joseph Kofi Adda who signed the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of GoG said, the plan to re-launch the national carrier has been on the drawing board for some time now.
But a New Patriotic Party (NPP) stalwart, Dr. Charles Wereko Brobbey said what the government is doing is an abuse of power. He opined that it is wrong for government to go buying planes when the decision to have a new national airline is yet to be agreed upon.
In a post on his Facebook wall, Dr. Wereko Brobbey is suggesting government is putting “private greed ahead of the public good”. The deal is a boost to Ghana’s aviation industry as the country tries to resuscitate its national airline.
In 2004, Ghana International Airlines was established with the government owning a 70% stake while a US consortium, GIA-USA, had 30%. The deal fell through six years later resulting in the collapse of the national airline in 2010.
The group is behind the declaration of some parts of Ghana as independent ‘Western Togoland State’.