Vice President Dr. Bawumia has announced major changes at the Kotoka Airport
Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has announced major changes at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) to ease operations.
According to Dr. Bawumia, airline passengers travelling to Ghana will from Friday, March 31, 2023 no longer be required to fill out landing cards at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).
As a result, he has further asked the Ministry of the Interior and the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) to ensure that e-gates at the country’s major entry point will be operational in the course of the year for use by passengers bearing Ghana Cards or Passports.
The decisions were taken after a meeting to improve on the competitiveness of Kotoka International Airport (KIA) with key stakeholders, including the Minister for Public Enterprises, Minister for Transport and his deputy, the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), Ghana Immigration Service, National Security and Ministry of the Interior.
“It was decided, inter alia, that airline passengers traveling to Ghana will, from 31st March 2023, no longer be required to fill out landing cards. This is because the same information can be obtained electronically.
Furthermore, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ghana Immigration Service have been directed to ensure that E-Gates will be operational at KIA this year for use by passengers using their Passports or Ghanacards.
In addition, the processes that passengers go through at KIA are also going to be streamlined to drastically reduce the time spent by passengers and avoid duplication. The new process flow is expected to be operational by 31st March, 2023,” the Vice President official Facebook page made the announcement on Thursday, February 9.
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The former Chief Justice of Ghana, Sophia Abena Akuffo, has joined the protest by the retirees picketing at the Ministry of Finance in Accra over the governments domestic debt exchange programme.
Justice Akuffo Friday morning joined the pensioners to demand exclusion of their investments from the domestic debt exchange programme.
The government has proposed a 15 percent coupon rate but the aggrieved retirees rejected the offer that they will not accept any haircuts on their investments because their livelihoods depend on the proceeds from these investments.
Justice Akuffo unhappy with the government’s debt exchange programme involving the retirees joined them by holding a placard with inscription: “We use our bond yields to pay our: rents, medical bills, electricity, and water bills.”
However, a Deputy Finance Minister, Abena Osei Asare expressed excitement, the success rate chalked by the Debt Exchange Programme.
She mentioned that the programme has achieved 50 percent participation so far when speaking on Citi FM, expressing readiness of the government to achieve 80 percent participation in the domestic debt exchange programme.
“As of yesterday, when we decided to extend and grant that administrative window, we had done above 50 percent,” she stated.
She further stated that the government was very hopeful that more bondholders who were unable to tender their documents on Tuesday will complete the process before the new Friday deadline.
On Tuesday, February 7, 2023, government extended the deadline for bondholders to complete tender processes as part of the controversial domestic debt exchange programme.
The deadline for signing up for the programme expired on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, but the government in a late- night press statement said some of the bondholders faced “technical glitches as they tried to complete the online tender process” hence the window to enable such persons to complete the process.
The government has therefore extended the deadline to today February 10.