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Missing Helicopters Plot To Denigrate NDC – Jinapor

The former deputy Minister for Power, John Jinapor, believes opponents of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) are deliberately behind the saga of the missing three helicopters to make the party unpopular.

Speaking in an interview with Morning Starr host Francis Abban on Wednesday, Mr. Jinapor said critics of former president John Mahama are bent on “denigrating him” but their scheme will not wash.

Reports had indicated that three helicopters for Ghana Gas Company purchased at a cost of 150 million dollars by the previous administration are missing and cannot be traced.

The co-chair of the Ghana Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (GHEITI), Dr. Steve Manteaw who is also a member of the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) said “sources close to Ghana Gas revealed that indeed the helicopters were bought and that they are being kept somewhere” adding “and I’m not too sure where…”

He continued that “so it is early days yet to conclude that they are missing and that for now we just couldn’t find them at the project but it does not mean that they are missing. So we just need to find out where they are and in which condition and shape they are in now.”

Jinapor has rubbished the claims

“For the management to say they cannot locate the helicopters, it is unfortunate,” the former deputy power minister noted.

He stressed that the choppers are being managed by the Ghana Air Force because the Ghana Gas does not have the expertise to run it.

Ghana Shippers' Authority partners Ghana Shippers Awards

The Ghana Shippers Awards few months after its launch have received tremendous participation of key stakeholders, companies and respected individuals within the shipping industry.

Notable and most recent to this endorsement is the partnership with the Ghana Shippers’ Authority, an agency of the Ministry of Transport mandated by the laws of Ghana to effectively and efficiently manage Ghana’s commercial shipping and to protect and promote the interest of shippers in relation to international trade and transport logistics.

A letter from the Ghana Shippers Authority signed by Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Sylvia Asana Owu states that “With reference to your letter dated 30th March, 2017, we write to endorse the Ghana Shippers Awards and also partner you in organizing the Ghana Shippers Awards.

We are by this letter requesting for the postponement of the awards to allow a team of technical experts to support the selection process to ensure the credibility of the awards and also have the awards meet the international standards for an important industry like ours.

Ghana Shippers Authority admires your effort in awarding the industry and appreciates the input made by you so far in this regard”.

Speaking to a member of the Awarding Board of Ghana Shippers Awards on the new development and the postponement of the Awards Mr. Michael Luguje said “in as much as we are sorry for the inconvenience caused with the postponement, we will like to reiterate that the postponement will to a large extent inure to the benefit of the industry and create a sustainable event annually supported by the industry regulator.

He also emphasized that all nominations submitted are still valid.”

The awards cut across road transportations, ocean carriers, air transportation, freight forwarding, shipping agents, express services, courier agencies, government agencies, insurance, financial institutions and more.

Organisations that have submitted their nominations so far include OmniBank Ghana Limited, Benmarine Offshore Service limited, Jonmoore International, Guaranty Trust Bank (Ghana) Limited , APM Terminals Ghana Ltd, Freight Masters Shipping Agency Ltd, Apm Terminals Ghana Limited, Achievers Logistics Ghana, Global Cargo & Commodities Limited, Transglobal Logistics Ltd, Bluchip Logistics Ltd, Logical Maritime Services Limited, Star Assurance Company Limited, Consolidated Shipping Agencies Limited, Apex Shipping & Commercial Co. Ltd, Mcdan Shipping Company Ltd, Mtg Ltd, Delexes Company Limited, Baj Freight And Logistics Ltd, Fendercare Marine Ghana Ltd, Gmt Shipping Ghana Ltd, Eagle Express Limited, Air Ghana Ltd, Acs Africa Coastal Services Ghana Ltd, Sevenlog Limited, Ghana Airports Company Limited, Amaris Terminal Limited, Graphic Communications Group Limited, West Blue Consulting, Kingdom Exim Ghana Ltd, Damco Logistics Ghana Limited, Borderless Alliance (West Africa) , Sea And Shore Services Gh Ltd , Flat CMarine Offshore Limited, Grimaldi Ghana Limited, Ut Logistics, Ghana Community Network Services (GCNET), Aramex Ghana Limited, Tv3 Network Limited and many more.

The Ghana Shippers Awards which seeks to recognize distinctions in the field, and also to promote the interests of the industry - nationally and internationally, will now be held on the 30th of June, 2017, 6pm at the MovenPick Ambassador hotel and is organized by Globe Productions in partnership with Graphic Business.




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