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The Ministry of Aviation says it will continue to seek other sustainable funding sources for its infrastructure development projects while collaborating with the private sector to develop the aviation industry in Ghana.
As a result, it plans to facilitate the rehabilitation and construction of airports and airstrips in every region as well as collaborate with agencies to develop airport infrastructure, attract new airlines and operationalize terminal 3, the Ho and Wa Airports, among others.
With regards to jobs, Cecelia Abena Dapaah, the outgoing Minister of Aviation said her outfit plans to build synergies between existing private aviation institutions and the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) to train aviation related personnel as a way of providing jobs for the teeming youth.
Speaking at the Meet-the- Press series in Accra, the Minster said in order for Ghana to be competitive within the sub-region, the Ministry would continue to engage key stakeholders on issues relating to the reduction of the price of aviation fuel and the removal of import duties on the importation of aircraft spare parts by domestic airline operators.
Dapaah announced that, the ministry would soon start processes for the development of an aviation sector master-plan and create the enabling environment for private sector participation in the development of aviation infrastructure and service delivery. To this end, she said, new airlines such as DAC aviation, Baby Jet Airlines and Unity Air will soon commence domestic operations.
In order to address the challenges associated with encroachment on aviation lands, she stated that, her outfit will continue to engage the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources with support of the parliamentary select committee to perfect titles to the lands.
Source: Adovor Nutifafa