- Some workers at the Kotoka International Airport have been reportedly caught in acts of begging and stealing
- They allegedly demand items from travellers and unduly delay such people if demands are not met
- Officials of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority have declined to speak on the matter
YEN.com.gh has received information to the effect that some employees of some government institutions are engaged in begging and stealing at the Kotoka International Airport.
The institutions are the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL), the customs division of the Ghana Revenue Authority and the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS).
Some of GACL’s third party partners are also alleged to be involved in the act, YEN.com.gh has gathered.
Ghanaweb.com reports that investigations were conducted into the matter, after the travellers had lodged a series of complaints.
Reports further reveal that the situation on the ground is upsetting, as most of the issues are left unreported.
Travellers are often harassed, and in some cases, the airport officials take valuables from them.
Pieces of luggage are sometimes opened and items pilfered in the absence of the owners.
According to some travellers, these officials allegedly sometimes seize items they know are allowed. This is usually done to Ghanaian travellers, whereas the 'beggars' target both Ghanaians and foreigners.
Some travelers who used the Terminal 3 said they faced the situation with begging, and only two had luggage issues but said it was being resolved after filing official complaints.
Some of them disclosed that they were able to fight off attempts to take their valuables from them.
A traveller, Kwame Owusu Danso, summed up the situation, saying “It is so disgraceful that Ghanaians working at Kotoka International Airport, Accra, beg travellers profusely for money.
They are men and women in Immigration, Customs and airlines’ uniforms. Every passenger being processed is asked to give lunch, drop something, treat your children well before you go, you know the tradition, among others.
It is very disgusting that our country Ghana is being disgraced this way as if those working at the airport are not paid salaries. You go through other international airports and no one patronises you so.”
Officials of the GCAA, when called, declined to comment on the matter. It has however been encouraged to ensure that disciplinary measures are instituted, so that travellers report such staff for sanctions to be applied.
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