The Board Chairman of the Ghana Airport Company Limited, Paul Adom-Otchere, is fighting off claims of extravagant expenditure on Christmas decor at the Kotoka International Airport.
According to him, he exhibited propriety in the purchase of the products for the yuletide in December 2021.
Mr Adom-Otchere, in an editorial on Accra-based Metro TV, explained that the viral photo of an invoice of GH¢82,000 for the Christmas tree inspirations does not reflect the actual situation on the ground.
This follows social media reaction over the cost of the inspirations at the Airport to the taxpayer, which many describe as outrageous.
But the GACL Board Chairman said the inspirations at Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 initially cost about ¢128,000.
He, however, suggested that the advertising company, DPP Outdoor, decided to bear GH¢50,000 of that, leaving the State to pay about GH¢78,000.
“We didn’t use this invoice, and people have gone around and talked about the cost on this invoice being the cost of the inspirations. That is totally wrong because this invoice is the one that has four Christmas trees for GH¢84,000,” he said on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.
This, he said, makes the cost far lower than what was spent in 2016 on just Terminal 2.
“In 2016, the spending on Christmas tree inspirations was GH¢120,000, and this was at just one terminal. In 2021, GH¢128,366 is the total amount of money that was spent on two terminals; terminal 2 and terminal 3,” he said on Good Evening Ghana.
Meanwhile, the Minority has intentions to file an urgent question to the Transport Minister on the procurement processes employed by the Airport in the acquisition of the Christmas trees and inspirations.
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