GCAA donates scanners to Sao Tome and Principe

The Ghana Civil Aviation  Authority has presented X-ray scanners worth 87,000 Euros in support of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sao Tome and Principe to help boost safety and security at its international airport.

The equipment, which included two x-ray baggage scanners and a walk-through metal detector, formed part of the collaboration between the two countries towards enhanced regional aviation security.

Mr. Martey Boye Atoklo, GCAA Deputy Director-General (Technical), presenting the package at the Sao Tome international airport, said that it was critical for the government through the GCAA to support Sao Tome with the timely security equipment because the absence of those machines in that country posed security threat to Ghana with the advent of direct scheduled flight by Air Portugal between Ghana and Sao Tome.

“This is to ensure safety and security for passengers, cargo and aircraft that passes through Ghana from Sao Tome.”

He again explained that Ghana and Sao Tome &Principe shared the same oceanic airspace over the Gulf of Guinea where GCAA provides air traffic control services over their oceanic air space.

Receiving the items, the Transport Minister of Sao Tome &Principe, Agostino Fernandez, thanked Ghana for the gesture, and pledged their commitment to the friendship that existed between the two countries.

On his part Mr. Daniel Gomez, a board member of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority who led Ghana’s delegation, reiterated the need to maintain friendship with the island as a strategic partner in the aviation industry in Africa.

By Times Reporter

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