Airport Xmas trees : Manasseh faces Paul Adom-Otchere squarely

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Manasseh Azure Awuni and Paul Adom-Otchere
Manasseh Azure Awuni and Paul Adom-Otchere
Investigative journalists Manasseh Azure Awuni has used some hard words on the board chair of the Kotoka International Airport following the Christmas trees brouhaha. 

LET’S BREAK IT DOWN FOR YOU

Earlier, there were some reports that the Kotoka International Airport bought four (4) Christmas flowers at the price of GH¢84,000 which got many Ghanaians talking.

Few hours after the reports, the Board Chairman of the Ghana Airports Company Limited Mr. Paul Adom-Otchere came out to clarify issues surrounding the purchase and tagging the reports as a misrepresentation.

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Paul Adom-otchere
Paul Adom-otchere

See Paul Adom-Otchere’s Post below

“Dear folks, my attention has been drawn to a social media post (herein attached ) grossly misrepresenting facts about Christmas inspirations that were mounted at the Kotoka International Airport.

Here are the facts:

FACT: The Ghana Airports Company Limited has for many years mounted Christmas inspirations around the terminal area to create a festive atmosphere for passengers and their families coming into the country.

FACT: The total expenditure of 2021 is the lowest since 2016. 

FACT: Two separate suppliers were invited to submit bids. The bids were discussed and discounts obtained. ( We are grateful to Jandel Limited and Favors and Arts ) 

FACT: The beautiful Christmas tree standing at Terminal 3 and 3 others altogether cost GHC 34,000, which was graciously provided by Jandel Limited at a heavy discount. (We thank Jandel Limited) 

FACT: The other inspirations were provided by Favors and Arts for a total cost of GHC 84,000 out of which GHC 50,000 was obtained via sponsorship. 

FACT: All salaries and or bonuses due staff for December have been paid.

It is ridiculous for anyone to say that the invoices from these two reputable companies were issued in the name of the Board Chairman, that just means the author of such spurious allegations has insufficient acquaintance with corporate workings. 

We will like to urge the general public to disregard these unfounded allegations. The GACL has a fully operational corporate affairs department that is able to attend to all public enquires.

We will like to assure the general public that we are fiercely committed to support the Hon Minister of Transport to achieve President Akufo-Addo’s vision for the airport, the vision contained in clear directions is to “make all Ghana airports an important symbol for our national development agenda”. 

That is our focus for which we require prayers and support . Amen”

Reacting to the response from Mr. Paul Adom-Otchere, investigative journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni had these words for him.

Investigative Journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni
Investigative Journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni

“Someone sent me these leaked documents about the procurement of Christmas decorations by the Ghana Airport Company. I have also read on 3News.com that houseboy has responded to what he calls “propaganda.” He has also confirmed the GHc84,000 expenditure. The first thing that caught my attention was the bill addressed to Board Chair. What business has the chairman of a board got to do with the procurement of Christmas lights? Why would the company do that?

We won’t respond to the childish weekly “touch screen” jokes inspired by Jospognic demons, but when it has to do with how state resources are managed, we should all be interested, shouldn’t we?

And it’s only fair that we expect a touch screen analysis of what exactly this 84,000 cedis was used for. The services of the first company were named in houseboy’s response, but he only said, “The other inspirations were provided by Favors and Arts for a total cost of GHC 84,000.” We should also be told why the company named the board chairman in the bill.”

SOURCE : COVERGHANA.COM.GH

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