The Deputy Transport Minister, says President Akufo-Addo is not obliged to explain why he sacked the Managing Director of the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), Yaw Kwakwa.

According to Hassan Sulemana Tampuli, since the President did not state why he appointed the embattled Manager, he is not required to give reasons for firing the appointee.

In a letter dated February 4, 2022, addressed to the Company’s Board Chair, the Transport Minister said, “per a letter No OSP127/22/104 dated on January 31, 2022,” the President has directed the sacking of Mr Kwakwa.

The news of Mr Kwakwa’s dismissal broke whilst he was leading Parliament’s Roads and Transport Committee to inspect the McDan Aviation facility at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

In view of this, whilst interacting with the press, Mr Tampuli was asked the reason behind the GACL MD’s dismissal, the Deputy Minister quizzed, “Have you sighted a copy of his appointment letter?”

For him, the President is within his rights to axe Mr Kwakwa.

“The appointment letter doesn’t say why he was appointed, so I don’t know why it should be stated why he has been relieved of his position.

“The President has the prerogative to appoint; he also has the prerogative to relieve appointees of their positions. When the President is appointing, he doesn’t give reasons, and by the same parity, the President doesn’t give a reason for relieving people of their position,” he said on Wednesday.

Some persons have attributed Mr Kwakwa’s dismissal to his decision to suspend newly launched McDan Aviation operations at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) until further notice.

Mr Tampuli, however, refuted the claims.

According to him, “These are matters in the realm of conjecture, I am not sure that is stated in the letter, that is your assumption.”