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Monday’s heavy downpour and consequent embarrassing flooding of the over US$ 200million refurbished Kotoka International Airport (KIA) once more exposed the shabby work done by the contractors of the airport project under the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The flood also exposed the inexplicable refusal of the current New Patriotic Party (NPP) to salvage the national installation despite reports in October 2018 that the airport had a horrible drainage system that subjects it to serious flooding after Accra’s torrential rainfalls.
Whatsup News is in possession of an amateur video showing the arrival hall of KIA and the Tarmac dangerously flooded after Monday’s flood. Airport officials were seen using plastic containers to scoop the knee-deep water that had seeped into the arrival hall. In the video, parked aircraft were seen soaked up to the landing gear in flood water as officials frantically try to divert the flood.
Observers have raised concerns that the flooding of the KIA is a potential aviation disaster waiting to happen, as unsuspecting aircraft may be caught in one of these flooding incidents during landing or take-off.
The latest flooding spectacle has vindicated red-flags raised by Ace Ankomah, one of Ghana’s renowned lawyers who posted a video exposing the flooding at the KIA. That video was flatly denied by airport authorities, earning Ace Ankomah a temporary tag as a fake new purveyor.
When Ace Ankomah posted his KIA flood video in October 2018, the Ghana Airport Company Limited in a prompt response on its Facebook wall debunked the video and posted pictures of passengers undertaking their boarding routine without incident. “We can confirm that there was NO flooding at KIA, neither was there flooding in Terminal 3 as earlier reported,” the GCAA response read.
The refusal to acknowledge the construction defect at the KIA and the refusal by the current Akufo-Addo-led administration to officially commission the newly constructed Terminal 3 of KIA has raised worries about the airport flooding saga ever getting solved.
Whatsup News gathered that the ruling party is uncomfortable acknowledging the massive transformation given Ghana’s main international airport by the arch-rival opposition NDC.
Meanwhile, critics have raised value-for-money issue of the contract awarded by the Mahama-led administration for the construction of the new Terminal 3 and the general refurbishment of Ghana’s number one international airport without proper drainage to keep the airport dry during such episodes of rainfall.