Prof Adei: A new national airline will be wasteful

General News of Tuesday, 2 September 2014


Professor Steven Adei Mic

The attempt by Ghana’s government to establish a new national airline will be another opportunity for government officials to abuse state resources and misapply taxpayers’ money, a former rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Professor Stephen Adei has said.

According to him, government officials cannot be trusted to be prudent with managing a national carrier.

The Ministry of Transport has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with PWC Ghana and the World Bank for the commencement of Technical Advisory Services to enable the nation get a national carrier.

The government said the establishment of a new airline for Ghana would bring back Ghana’s pride in the aviation sector and also establish a reliable home-based national airline to provide regional, sub-regional and inter-continental air transport services.

But speaking on Accra-based Adom FM, Prof. Adei said the government must rather convince the various domestic airlines to “fly the national flag” instead of pursuing a new national carrier.

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“If we venture into another airline, our money will be wasted. They should speak to these smaller ones to fly our flag. In this present condition, we can’t afford to manage a national airline.

“Our political appointees will seat in the business class and will not pay. I appeal to president Mahama to forgo that idea, the wastage is too much in the system” he added.