12 July 2016

Aviation workers meet Chief of Staff over ‘stolen’ lands

aviationWorkers of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority will on Monday, July 11 meet the Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, over the Authority’s encroached lands.

A spokesperson for the workers, Michael Kwapong Atiemo, said the meeting has been called on the behest of President Mahama who wants the issue to be dealt with forthwith.

“President Mahama has mandated the Chief of Staff talk to us about the issue and to end the matter,” he told Joynews barely twenty-four hours after they rejected a deal by the Lands Ministry to return three percent of the Authority’s lands.

The Aviation workers have laid down their tools following claims that about 640 acres of land at La Nkwantanan near Adenta which was earmarked for the installation of the Authority’s 600,000 Euro equipment has been encroached upon by private individuals and government functionaries.

The Lands and Natural Resources Ministry had proposed a partial deal with the workers which they have rejected, saying, aviation safety will be compromised if the land is not returned intact to them.

This resulted in the suspension of domestic flight operations which, however, resumed after some few hours.

Speaking ahead of the meeting which starts at 9a.m, Mr Atiemo who is also the former President of Ghana Air Traffic Controllers Association said they are hoping the outcome of the meeting will be convincing.

He explained they had to “temporary suspend” the strike because of the meeting, adding, “If we are not satisfied, then we will resume the strike.”

He stressed the workers would not “accept anything less than the 640 acres” of land rightfully belonging to the Authority.

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