Ghana Airports Company MD’s dismissal was within the law— Transport Minister

Mr Yaw Kwakwa
Mr Yaw Kwakwa

The termination of the appointment of the Managing Director (MD) of the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), Mr Yaw Kwakwa, was within the labour laws of the country, Mr Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, Minister of Transport, has told Parliament.

He said the termination of appointment of persons holding public offices was governed by appropriate legislation and persons holding offices in the GACL were not exempted from these legislations.

He added that Section 17 of the Labour Act, 2003 (Act 651) had made provision for notice of termination of appointments.

“Mr Speaker, guided by this Act, the letter that I signed on the 4th of February, 2022, was issued without prejudices,” Mr Asiamah stated on the floor of Parliament in his response to a question by Mr Kwame Governs Agbodza, Member of Parliament (MP) for Adaklu and Ranking Member for Roads and Transport Committee of Parliament.

The MP wanted to know from the Minister of Transport what necessitated a letter dated 04/02/2022 signed by the Minister to the Board Chairman of GACL, calling for the termination of the appointment of the MD.

On what necessitated the sacking of the MD, the Minister maintained that his action was within the ambit of the labour laws of the country.

“I don’t think that I have done anything ultra vires per the laws of Labour Act and Company’s Law”.

Mr Asiamah said that under the labour laws, the employer was not bound to give reasons for the appointment of a person or for the termination of a person’s appointment.

Mr Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority Leader, said the circumstances leading to the termination of the appointment of the Managing Director of the Ghana Airport Company was in relation to some developments at the Kotoka International Airport between McDan Aviation and the Ghana Airport Company, and Mr Kwakwa insisting on right thing being done.

“Does the Minister hold the view that the Chief Executive was dismissed as a victim of political victimization?” Mr Iddrisu asked.

In response, Mr Asiamah said: “Mr Speaker, my good friend, the Minority Leader made the assertion that the former MD suffered a political victimization. Mr Speaker, I reject it entirely.”