National Airline Won’t Bear Fruit – Prof. Adei

The government must rescind its intention to establish a national airline, because it will not bear fruit, former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Public Administration (GIMPA),has advised.

”The establishment of national carrier will not work. It is just another route to waste national resources,” he said.

Professor Stephen AdeiSpeaking on Adom FM an Accra based FM station on Monday, he suggested that the government should rather support private players in the airline industry such as Antrak and Starbow, to establish a national carrier.

The government has proposed to establish a national carrier, after the demise of the Ghana Airways and the Ghana International Airline.

According to Prof Adei,  Ghana Airways and Ghana International Airline collapsed due to poor management practices, bad governance  and political interference, which led to their demise.

”The new national airline will face similar fate which was suffered by the defunct national carrier,” he said.

The former Rector said the right calibre of personnel was not appointed to operate the national airline.

He also said there was no independent board to manage the airline, stressing the ‘‘board members were selected on political lines.”

In addition, Prof Adei alleged that government officials and politicians flew those airlines without paying airfares.

”I stopped patronising Ghana Airways when I was working at the Commonwealth due to failure of the company to follow it flight schedule,” he said.

Prof Adei intimated that most of the time the national carrier delayed in taking off, with the excuse they had had to wait for some Ministers of State and government officials.

At present, Professor Adei said the Airport Company was facing serious challenges because of political interference and the lack of right personnel to manage the company.

”Most of the staff have been asked to go home because they were employed in a different political regime,” he said.

Asked his opinion on why generally private businesses do well than their public counterparts, Prof Adei attributed the problem to poor corporate governance and political interference.

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