Ghanaian civil servants are not in the habit of praise singing of their ministers or government appointees, especially so when the said individuals are no longer in office, either because of reshuffle, resignation or sacked disgracefully by the President.
But story of the former Transport Minister, Dzifa Aku Attivor, who voluntarily resigned, ahead of the Christmas festivities over the rebranding of the Mahama Buses, continue to surprise many.
Hardly a day passes, without workers from state institutions under the Transport Ministry, visiting her home to pray with her, support her and also express appreciation to her for the major projects she led on the directives of President John Mahama.
The latest institution to do so, is the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). Led by its Director General, Simon Allotey.
The GCAA last week Friday, described their former Transport Minister as God’s gift to the aviation industry.
GCAA’s Delegation included, Martey Boye Atoklo Deputy Director General Technical, Mrs. Joyce Thompson – Director of Legal , International Relations & Corporate Communications, David Twum- Antwi – Director of Finance, Ebenezer Sagoe Director of Human Resources, Eric Amaning of Corperate Communications Manager and Nii Noi Adumoah – Corporate Photographer.
They subsequently presented a huge citation to their ex-boss in recognition for her support for the agency.
Mr. Allotey, said the stewardship of Mrs. Attivor, was one of the most exciting moments of the GCAA.
“As an agency of the Transport Ministry , we at the Ghana Civil Aviation will continue to celebrate our former Minister for her personal interest in the transformation of GCAA” , the DG said.
According to him, Mrs. Attivor showed exemplary leadership at the Ministry, and guided the agency to great heights
Mr. Allotey recounted the solid support the former Minister provided, when Parliament was considering amendment to the Civil Aviation Act 906
“Ghana Civil Aviation is indebted to you madam for the support and leadership provided during the challenging periods with our neighbours, Togo and Benin over the Accra Air flight Region” he added.
On her part, Mrs. Attivor, expressed her appreciation for the honour done her, and thanked the management for all their support during her 7-year stay at the Ministry; first under President John Evans Atta Mills, as a Deputy Minister, and a substantive minister under President Mahama.
The citation read, “The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority wishes to honour you for the exemplary leadership shown during your tenure as Minister of Transport.
Under your able leadership the transport sector grew astronomically contributing significantly to the country’s GDP.
The aviation sector in particular is grateful and indebted to you for the great transformation that the industry received under your able leadership especially with the domestic air transport business.
We at the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority will fondly remember you for the pivotal role that you played during the Accra FIR crises with Benin and Togo as well as your contributions towards the Authority receiving part of the Aviation Development Fund; not forgetting the effort and time exhibited during the amendments of GCAA Act.
Again, we applaud the interest shown in the Aviation sector which culminated into you signing both the BAGASOO and BAGAIA agreements thereby propelling Ghana to become an aviation brand globally.
The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority will always write your name in gold for your exemplary leadership and outstanding contribution to the growth of the industry”