Workers of the Ghana Airport Company Limited, (GACL) embarked on protests Tuesday morning to force the removal of their Managing Director.
Dressed in red apparel with marching headgear and armbands, they gathered at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) amidst chanting of songs to convey their demands.
According to them, the MD of the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL), Mr Yaw Kwakwa, has demonstrated incompetence in management hence the appointment of another head.
They accused the MD of outsourcing contracts that could be executed by the company’s staff and failure to implement several reports to ensure the efficiency of the firm.
In an earlier petition to the Minister of Aviation dated September 24, they stated that: “The Managing Director, since assumption of office two years ago, has demonstrated gross incompetence, insensitivity and lack of understanding of the critical Aviation Industry and, therefore, his continuous stay in office will further derail the progress of the company,”
They also accused the MD of “deliberate refusal to implement several interview reports lying on his desk for over two years, outsourcing key aspects of the company’s operations at exorbitant cost, notwithstanding the availability of in-house capacity.”
Failure of authorities to act on the petition prompted the recent protests.
They aggrieved workers have also served notice of multiple demonstrations at the country’s only international airport if their requests are not addressed within two weeks.
The use of demonstration to register displeasure is not alien to the workers.
The demonstration on Tuesday, October 10, would be atleast the fourth time they have taken that action in the last two years.
In July 2020, they were up in arms against a purported sale of the KIA.
The government responded that the facility was not being considered for sale to foreigners.
In April last the previous year, they had demonstrated to register their displeasure over the same issue.
And in September, they again followed up with a petition to President Akufo-Addo to intervene in the matter.