Gov’t Runs Away From Mahama’s Kotoka Airport Project

Gov’t Runs Away From Mahama’s Kotoka Airport Project

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Refusing To Commission……..

Having many times accused the John Mahama administration as the worse administration in the history of the country, the Akufo-Addo government is reported to be shying away from commissioning the impressive terminal 3 project at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

The Herald is informed that, the Turkish construction company, Mapa Construction MNH Holdings, has been at pains to have the government through the Minister of Aviation to come take over the US$250 million project, but government appears unready to do so.

This paper is informed that, the contractors, might soon pack their equipment and vacate the site, as the Akufo-Addo government is afraid of the political embarrassment it will face for commissioning a project initiated by its predecessor, whom it had accused of nonperformance and incompetence.

Already, The Herald is informed that, Mapa Construction MNH Holdings, has withdrawn a substantial number of its equipment and workers from the site awaiting the commissioning.

This paper learnt several commissioning dates, have been postponed by the government. Indeed, some feel inaugurating the project, will be a credit to ex-President John Mahama, who in the coming days, will be announcing his comeback bid for the 2020 President election, against incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo.

The Mapa Construction MNG Holding (MapaİnşaatveTicaret), might out of frustration, leave the site without taking part in the commission or government starts using the facility without having it inaugurated, to tell players in the aviation industry about the country’s major stride.

KIA’s Terminal 3, is a monumental feat of engineering.  It has five levels spread across 45,000 square meters and has parking space for 700 cars.

The new terminal is designed to meet the latest International Air Transport Association (IATA) requirements based on optimum service level.

It has six contact stands for Code E aircraft and two remote stands.

At the Departure level, it has 56 check-in desks, 30 passport control centres and eight security lanes.

At the Arrival level, it has 24 immigration counters, four e-gate positions [expandable to eight] and four reclaim devices.

The terminal is equipped with a fully automated baggage handling system to handle both destination and transit luggage at 3,5OO bags an hour.

It has been constructed on a design and build basis by Turkish construction company, Mapa Construction MNH Holdings.

The Ghana Airports Company Ltd (GACL), recently confirmed to Accra-based Joy FM, the completion of the terminal 3 project.

The project is to provide more room for airlines and quick processing for passengers going through the KIA.

The Managing Director of the Ghana Airports Company, John Atteffuah said “The terminal 3 is completed but the contractor has not handed over to us, they’ve indicated there is some tidying up to do.

So when they are done they will hand it over to us then so we will do our operational transfer then it will be commissioned for use,” he told JoyBusiness.

The new terminal is expected to handle up to five million passengers a year, which would be twice the capacity of the current terminal 2 at the KIA.

With the added on capacity, passengers could be processed faster, Airlines will have adequate space to provide better services for passengers and issues of congestion that used to mark the terminal 2 will be a thing of the past.

The GACL officially commenced the construction of its flagship project (terminal 3) at KIA.This follows a sod cutting ceremony performed by President John DramaniMahama in March,2016.

The project is a part of GACL’s capital investment programme that entails the construction of a new terminal at KIA and the rehabilitation of other regional airports managed by GACL.

On completion, the new terminal, designed for international traffic will ease the pressure on the existing two terminals and is expected to handle up to five million passengers a year, with an expansion potential up to 6.5 million passengers. Construction of the new terminal will be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2018.

The airport expansion aligns with the country’s ambition to upgrade its vital infrastructure by modernizing and transforming the airport into a hub for West Africa and as a regional aviation hub.

The expansion also supports the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda that emphasizes the need for rehabilitating and expanding infrastructural facilities in the transport sector.

The new terminal will have capacity to process 1,250 passengers a peak hour, a large retail and commercial area, three business lounges, six fixed links and seven air bridges expandable to eight, and parking space with capacity to handle more than 700 cars.

The departure level of the terminal will feature 56 check-in- desk, 30 passport control counters, of which four will be E-gates and eight security lanes.The arrivals will consist 24 immigration booths for E-gates and four baggage reclaim devices.It will also be installed with the latest European Civil Aviation Conference Hold Baggage Screening (ECAC HBS) to handle 3500 bags per hour.

This is not the first project that the Akufo-Addo government is shying away from inaugurating.

The Akufo-Adddo government was forced by public pressure to commission a One Hundred and One Million Ghana Cedi (¢101,000,000)-three hundred and sixty-eight (368) housing units for the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), started by the Mahama government.

Vice President Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, did the inauguration on behalf of the President. The 368 housing units was initiated in June 2014, for the Ghana Navy, at Manhean, Tema in the Greater Accra Region.

Currently, government is embroiled in a fight with the management of the University of Ghana, Legon, to take over the management of the newly constructed 611-bed University of Ghana Medical Center in Legon.

The health facility, also has a medical school attached to it. The fight between the government and university authorities means that the knowledge that the medical students are to acquire through the use of the state of the art medical equipment is been denied them.

The first phase of the University of Ghana Medical Centre, which was completed in November 2016, is yet to be operational, following disagreements over the legitimate manager of the facility.

In 2012, the government signed a contract with Messrs. Engineering and Development Consultant (EDC) of Israel to build the first phase of the facility and hand it over to the university.

The university designated 400 acres of land for the entire project.Sources closely involved with the project had revealed to Citi News that, after this contract was agreed, another deal was signed between the Ministry of Health and the University of Ghana in 2015, which gave ownership of the US$217 million facilities to the university.

The Eastern Corridor Road, has been stalled, while the US$25 million Ho Airport Project in the Volta Regional Capital, has been completed, but yet to be inaugurated.

Constructed by Amandi Holding Limited, the Ho airport, would host commercial and domestic flights