The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) staff last Friday, held their annual festival of “Nine Lessons and Carols Service” to mark the Christmas season.
The service, held at the forecourt of the ultra-modern complex of Ghana Aviation Training Academy, was to show appreciation to God Almighty for a successful year, and to usher the authority into a fruitful 2017.
Nine Bible scripture verses focusing on the birth of Jesus Christ were read from the books of Genesis, Isaiah, Matthew, Luke and John by management, staff and various unions of the authority, including the Women Association and the workers union.
Among them were Luke 2:8-20 which told how three shepherds rode from the East following a star to the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem, to celebrate the new born king who came to save the world from sin.
Each of the nine scriptures were preceded by special carols sang by various choirs and groups including the board of GCAA, staff of the authority, GCAA ladies association, Immigration, Customs and National Security, among others.
A senior staff of GCAA, Rev. Stephen Nyakotey-Quao, who delivered a sermon at the service, admonished Christians to consider the birth of Jesus as a path to reconciliation and forgiveness of the wrong of one’s neighbour.
He said the birth of Jesus and his subsequent death and resurrection impressed on Christians not to hold people’s sins against them by being bitter to the wrongs of society.
Rev. Nyakotey-Quao employed staff and management of GCAA to use the occasion to forgive one another’s sin and forge ahead in unity and strength.
The Director General of GCAA, Mr. Simon Allotey, commended staff and management of the authority for their hard work and dedication to the authority throughout the year.
He attributed the successes chalked in the year to their unflinching support and that of the authority’s stakeholders.
Mr. Allotey mentioned some of the successes as the construction of an ultramodern air navigation service complex and the amendment of Act 906 which governs the activities of the authority.
“The introduction of aviation development fund and passenger safety levy as well as establishment of a decoupling committee to oversee detailed studies into separating ANS provision from regulatory services were no mean achievement,” he stressed.
Mr. Allotey implored staff and management of GCAA to be motivated and determined to provide stakeholders with the best services, mindful of industry best practices and commitment to safety and security in the country’s airspace.
By Charles Amankwa