The former Managing Director (MD) of Airport Company Limited; who has been missing from the industry for some time, Mrs. Doreen Owusu Fianko, has been nominated as the patron of the Women in Aviation International- Ghana Chapter (WAI) to help mentor newly outdoored members chapter o steer the affairs of the country’s chapter in Accra.
Mrs. Fianko, who was onetime MD of the company, was made to exit the company under bizarre circumstances by the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the time industry players felt she was doing well.
She joins the current MD of the company; Mr. Charles Asare, as chief patron and the Director-General of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) as patron.
The leadership of the international chapter, has Madam Juliet Boakye Wiafe as the President, Doreen Antwi-Adjei, as Vice President and Sandra Nartey, as the secretary.
The rest are Ama Aryee, a member, Rosina Clottey, in –charge of outreach programmes, Cynthia Coker, as Treasurer.
Speaking at the ceremony, president of the chapter, said women all over the world, have accepted the challenges in the aviation industry.
“Women now occur in roles that has been the preserve of men over the past years in the growing industry,” she said
According to her, the local chapter of the Women in Aviation International, is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote women issues in the sector.
She said, Ghana’s chapter was the one hundred and one chapters in the world and it would attain full status next year.
She noted that Ghana’s chapter is important because it will provide opportunities for women in the aviation sector of the economy.
She says Ghana joins the likes of Gambia, Cameroun, Kenya, and Nigeria as the fifth country to have gained the international chapter.
The MD of Airport Company Limited, on his part revealed that Ghana wants to position itself as the aviation hub in the sub-region and for that matter need all hands on deck to achieve this feat.
He commended the women for braving the odds to have the international chapter established in the country.
Madam Joyce Bawa Montari, Deputy of Transport steering over the inauguration, said President John Dramani Mahama, has a vision to create opportunities for each and every Ghanaian.
She noted that to achieve this, women must refuse to be stereotyped and become the trail blazers.
“A good woman is good as a man,” she said and took the opportunity to commend the women for the strides being achieved in the aviation sector of the economy.
She said, no economy in the world would succeed without listening to women, because they contribute 52 percent of the population.