- The Ghana Airport Company has been slapped with GH¢200,000 by the Right to Information Commission
- The Aiport Company has failed to release information on the details of the contract it has signed with Frontiers Healthcare Services
- Frontiers was solely responsible for COVID-19 testing at Kotoka International Airport and was accused of making undue profits at the expense of the state
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Ghana Airport Company Limited, responsible for managing airports in Ghana, has been slapped with a GH¢200,000 fine over failure to release the contract details with Frontiers Healthcare Services.
The fine was slapped on the Airport Company by the Right to Information Commission after the Company failed to heed its directive for the release of the contract details.
Murky Frontiers deal at the KIA
Frontiers Healthcare Services' murky contract with the state-owned aviation company to oversee COVID-19 testing at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) has been a subject of public debate.
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At the height of the debate last year, Frontiers was alleged to have made a profit of more than $130 million unduly and in breach of the Ghanaian constitution.
Coming under the Right to Information Law, local media outlet, Joy News then requested access to the contract between the Airport Company and Frontiers Healthcare Services to, among other things, clear the controversy about the COVID-19 testing deal at the KIA.
Airport Company refuses to release contract information
However, the state-owned aviation company refused to release the contract because sections of the Right to Information Law allow for some exemptions.
After a back-and-forth between Joy News and Airport, the Right to Information Commission intervened.
After reviewing the matter, the commission directed the release of the information to Joy News because the information being requested was consistent with the law.
A report on the matter explained that as of September 20, 2023, the Ghana Airport Company has not released the information, a situation the Commission says it is not happy with.
KIA traveller complains over GH¢1,725 excess luggage fee
Meanwhile, in other news, YEN.com.gh has reported that activist Stella Nyanzi has complained about the exorbitant fees charged for excess luggage at the Kotoka International Airport.
The activist described the situation as dodgy, saying travellers are forced to make the payments.
Nyanzi showed the Ghana cedi equivalent of the cash she paid in a photo posted on Facebook.
Central Region passport office hijacked by Goro Boys
In other news, reports indicate that Goro boys have been operating wantonly at the Central Region passport office.
The goro boys who act as middlemen are charging Ghanaians between GH¢1,000 and GH¢1,600.
Reports also indicate that some security personnel and civil servants collaborate with the Goro boys.
Traffic to be diverted for motorway roundabout project on October 2
Also, the Ghana Highway Authority says it will be diverting traffic on the Tema Motorway for work on the roundabout project.
A statement from the authority said these measures will speed up construction works on the project.
Drivers have been cautioned by the authority to adhere to the diversions, which were broadcast online and in print.
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