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BOOST FOR DOMESTIC AIRLINES IMMINENT AS GOVERNMENT REVIEWS LICENCE FEES

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The Deputy Minister-designate for Aviation, Yaw Afful, yesterday told the appointments committee of Parliament that the government is reviewing the US$92,000 licensing fee for domestic airlines to operate in Ghana.

The Deputy Minister-designate for Aviation, Yaw Afful, yesterday told the appointments committee of Parliament that the government is reviewing the US$92,000 licensing fee for domestic airlines to operate in Ghana.

 

The ministerial nominee, who is also the MP for Jaman South, added that the government’s decision reduce the current licensing fee is to encourage competition in domestic air travel in Ghana.

He believes the review will encourage more local ventures to go into the aviation business and at the same time offer a boost for local tourism.

Reduce fares

Asked by the parliamentary vetting panel what steps he thinks can be taken to reduce air fares to encourage more domestic air travel, the Mr Afful proposed that the costs of fuel, aviation parts and training pilots as well as scarcity of pilots must be examined.

He said he will assist the Minister of Aviation to address these challenges if he is confirmed.

The nominee also promised to assist the Minister to ensure that Ghana’s aviation industry is counted among the leading competitors in the subregion.

He revealed that in line with measures to turn Ghana into the aviation hub for the West African subregion, the government will soon build a training school for pilots in the Volta Region.

Touching on aviation safety and security, Mr Afful commended President Akufo-Addo for assenting to the Aviation Amendment Bill to make the ministry responsible for this aspect of the industry.

Other nominees

Appearing earlier before the committee, the Minister-designate for the Savannah Region, Salifu Adam Braimah, said he would push to ensure that there is a guaranteed price for shea nuts.

Asked about the disturbances which erupted in the area after Damongo was chosen to be the Savannah Region’s capital, the nominee said the people have resolved to put all things behind them and to build the new region.

He said he would also make sure that the region’s vast land are put to good use through cultivation on a large scale of cotton, cashew nuts, cassava and mangoes.

The nominee also said he would promote the Mystic Stone, the Salaga wells and the slave market to generate more revenue from tourism to develop the area.

Mr Braimah also told the committee that encouraging the people to go into commercial farming would be one of his priorities, because the Savannah Region has vast lands conducive for large-scale farming.

Other candidates who appeared yesterday before the appointments committee were the Deputy Minister-designate for the Bono Region, Siaka Stevens, and the Deputy Minister-designate for Ahafo, Benjamin Yeboah Sekyere.

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