3AMS-CELMS is to operate Ghana’s first Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility at Kotoka International Airport.
The company, according to Ben Owusu – a Senior Aviation Safety Inspector and Manager at Quality Assurance – is nearing the completion of its certification process that was started some five years ago.
The GCAA, the aviation sector regulator, on March 29, 2022 gave permission for 3AMS-CELMS Limited to proceed to stage-four of the five-stage certification process.
Mr. Clifford Martey Korley, Managing Director of 3AMS-CELMS Limited, said when final certification is done the company will be able to repair and maintain single-aisle aircraft and Boeing 737s in Ghana and the West Africa sub-region.
This means domestic operators Africa World Airlines (AWA) and PassionAir can service and repair their fleet locally.
West Africa only has an MRO in Nigeria able to repair smaller aircraft, despite being one of the regions where air traffic growth prior to the pandemic in 2020 was on the ascendancy.
There are about 32 West-Africa based airlines servicing the region, and tens of international flights servicing various airports in the sub-region daily.
Airline operators in the sub-region have to either fly to Ethiopia, Egypt or South Africa to have faults and regular maintenance carried out on most large aircraft.
Mr. Korley said when his company’s final certification is issued – hopefully by December, it will be able to service all such aircraft in the sub-region, earn money for the country and help hasten re-attainment of Category-1 status for the Kotoka International Airport.
For Ghana to become an aviation hub, the establishment of an MRO is imperative.
“The coming on-stream of 3AMS-CELMS Limited’s MRO operations will greatly accelerate the vision of becoming the go-to aviation hub in the sub-region,” he added.
The Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) have intensified collaboration to train ground-handlers and operators of cold chain facilities at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) to ensure fruit and vegetable exports are of the highest quality.
This is to prevent a repeat of sanctions imposed on Ghana by the European Union following the detection of harmful chemicals in some exported consignments.
The country is estimated to have lost US$30m in revenue during the period of the ban. For this reason, the two agencies held a meeting on 3rd November 2022 at the Ghana Shippers’ House in Accra to strategise the training of ground-handlers as a means of addressing some of the challenges faced by stakeholders in the sector.
Addressing the meeting, the Executive Secretary of CILT, Mr. Nlaliban Wujangi, mentioned the importance of employees’ skills development in the air-cargo sector, which he believes is key to growth of the shipping and logistics industry.
The Chief Executive Officer of GSA, Ms. Benonita Bismarck, assured the delegation of the Authority’s commitment to collaborate with CILT and other stakeholders to improve the sector.
“The Ghana Shippers’ Authority appreciates the work you are doing, and we are always ready to partner you and any organisation to improve service standards in the sector to protect and promote the interest of shippers in Ghana,” she said.
She further noted that the Authority has held several sensitisations and stakeholder engagements nationwide to ensure Ghana does not face future restrictions in the export of fruit and vegetables.
Also, as a member of the National Air Facilitation Committee of the International Air Transport Association (AITA) the GSA has prioritised the improvement of air-cargo through its regular engagements with stakeholders in the industry.
One of such engagements was with the Global Cold Chain Alliance, Temperature Control Cargo Operators and other stakeholders in the sector. Air-cargo availability was a key topic discussed at this year’s Exporters Forum organised by the GSA.
A day stakeholder's workshop was held at Aflao customs hard for shippers, clearing agent (Frieght forwarders)
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The Ghana highway authority has reopen the Afloa boarder entry point weighbridge to help regulate overweight trucks from neighboring countries. Address stakeholders, Mr. Emmanuel Awuni coordinator of axel load unit of the Ghana highway authority explain the reason for reopening
By Nicholas Osei Wusu
Workers at the Kumasi Depot of Metro Mass Transit (MMT), say until the Chief Executive Officer, his two Deputies and other management members are dismissed, they will not resume work. The workers accuse the CEO and his management of not only mismanaging the transport company but also compromising on the welfare of the staff, including life after compulsory retirement.
Staff of the Kumasi depot of the Metro Mass Transit Company began a sit down strike on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, as a means of making known to the public issues affecting their welfare and sustainability of the transport company.
A visit by Radio Ghana to the Kumasi Depot of the MMT showed that almost all the road worthy fleet of buses have not moved since the start of the industrial action, even though the workers are at post and continue to report to duty everyday. The workers were seen either idling or constituting themselves into small groups discussing matters of their mutual interest, including how soon their grievances would receive the needed attention by the government.
Also, the almost always very busy bus terminal was a pale shadow of itself as there were no commuters around at the time of the visit.
The many hawkers and traders who had been taking advantage of the busy environment were left redundant.
Information available indicates that there are technical problems such as the lack of Engine Oil or Fan Belt to power the engines.
Other issues raised bothered on the issuance of alleged fake official bus tickets by some staff at the company’s head office in Accra, while the drivers are also accused of theft of fuel from the buses, an allegation they have vehemently denied.
The Chairman of the Senior Staff Union, Francis Ayim Gyampo, claimed that for five years since 2017, staff Tiers Two and Three contributions deducted by the company have not been remitted to Fund Managers of the pension schemes, just as is the case of staff monthly payment for lands purchased in their respective names, leaving them indebted to the allodia land owners, thereby threatening their ownership of the parcels of land in doubt.
According to the Union Chairman, the leadership of the local and Divisional Union are being victimised for championing the concerns of the workers and stressed that the only condition that would encourage the workers to resume work is for the President to dismiss the CEO and other key staff of the company.
The Leader of Ghana’s Delegation to ECOWAS Parliament, Alexander Afenyo-Markin says the ECOWAS protocol on the free movement of people and businesses must be actualized within the specific security needs of member states.
Speaking to the media at the 2022 second extraordinary session of the Parliament in Lomé, Togo, Mr. Afenyo-Markin said insecurity and political instability do not encourage Ghana to wholly allow such movements.
Some foreign nationals were arrested in Antoa in the Ashanti Region last week, and others are being tracked in Accra at the instance of the Greater Accra Regional Security Council as Ghanaians continue to express concern over the uncontrolled influx of foreigners.
Alexander Afenyo-Markin who is also the Deputy Majority Leader of Ghana’s Parliament argues that the country cannot be blamed for any restrictions it may impose on movement in the wake of real security threats.
“Member countries have their challenges–the challenge of security, and political instability, so you will realise that member countries are also finding ways of the free movement in a manner that they can manage– they know who is coming in, what purpose among others.”
“We should be able to interact and explain more to our people, at the same time we should let our citizens appreciate the security challenges. My country Ghana for instance is very concerned with its northern belt. There is instability in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso and if we don’t control the influx, it will undermine our own security.”
PHI Century Ltd., a company that provides aviation transportation services in Ghana and West Africa, has completed the registration of its Sikorsky S-92A fleet of helicopters with the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). This marks the end of a painstaking assessment process where the operational and maintenance history, as well as airworthiness of the aircraft are reviewed. The entry into the Ghana Civil Aircraft Register concludes the process of the aircraft registration from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Civil Aircraft Registry.
PHI Century Ltd. was founded as a joint venture between a Ghanaian company, Century Aviation Company Limited and USA-based PHI Aviation, a global leader in helicopter transportation, to support the fast-growing Oil and Gas sector in Ghana and West Africa.
Capt. Kofi Hesse, Accountable Manager for PHI Century Ltd., was excited to receive the final Aircraft Registration Certificate and Initial Certificate of Airworthiness on behalf of the company. “Even though this is a required regulatory process, it was further delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so we are very pleased to have finally registered all the fleet of aircraft in the Ghana Civil Aircraft Register,” he explained. “Our initial wet lease arrangement allowed us to operate in Ghana under FAA regulations, but our long-term plan had always been to ‘domesticate’ the operation, and there is so much more we are planning to do going forward,” added Mr. Hesse.
The S-92A helicopter is the most advanced Sikorsky Aircraft currently in production, and has a capacity of 19 passengers. It is currently the largest commercial helicopter aircraft operating in the country. The aircraft’s adherence to FAA FAR Part 29 [Airworthiness Standards: Transport Category Rotorcraft] has led the FAA Certification Board to call the S-92A the “safest helicopter in the world.” The S-92A is also certified in the most stringent safety requirements of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Once the combined team from both the FAA and GCAA were satisfied with the documentation and physical inspection of the aircraft, the airworthiness and registration certificates were issued. Over 20 other key documents were also reviewed in the process and the final aircraft registration was entered into the Ghana Civil Aircraft Register. “PHI Century Ltd. has been operating in Ghana under the surveillance and oversight of the GCAA for some 10 years now, and we have no issues with them, but we still have to go through the comprehensive regulatory process because these regulations are fundamental to the aviation safety and security operations,” explained Mr. Benjamin Owusu, Manager, Quality Assurance (SRD) of the GCAA.
Mr. Owusu oversaw PHI Century’s certification when the company began operating 10 years ago, and he is also the Principal Maintenance Inspector for PHI Century, who ensured the accomplishment of the recent aircraft registration and initial issuance of certificate of airworthiness process.
PHI Century currently operates a fleet of Sikorsky S-92A helicopters from its operational base in Takoradi, where over 55 percent of the technical staff – including Quality Managers, Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers and Pilots – are Ghanaians. Over the past decade, PHI Century Ltd. has provided services for Talisman B.V. (of Sierra Leone), Tullow Oil, Newmont Ghana Ltd. and Kosmos Energy Ltd
Energy economists have made a strong case that it is time for Africa to own its resources and determine their use for the benefit of its citizenry and the continent at large.
The experts also argued that the continent must develop a holistic approach toward harnessing resources, especially in the energy sector, and tackle challenges rather than always depending on others.
They advise that the continent should work together and develop pragmatic strategies to guide the utilisation of resources to satisfy domestic demand and ensure security.
Speaking on the theme ‘The Future of Petroleum Industry Investment in Africa’ at the maiden Africa Energy Conference, the CEO of African Energy Consortium Ltd., Kwame Jantuah, said the continent must take a commanding stance over its resources to harness gains and boost development.
“I think Africa as a continent must take a commanding stance and determine exactly what it is the nations want to do with their hydrocarbons. We tend to keep following and being dictated to by those who have already used hydrocarbons to make their countries richer.
“It is high time that as African countries we sit to determine what we really want to do in this cocktail of challenges where energy is concerned. When you look at pollution, Africa is the least contributing continent when it comes to climate change. If we are the least, we need to have an Africa transition plan that is for us and not one in which we are following others.
“This is because there are matured countries in the oil industry, and I believe whatever financing we require we can raise it in Africa. If you look at the resources we have in Africa, and if we work together, there is nothing we cannot do,” he said.
He stressed that Africa must work together and be strategic about the oil resources; if not, the continent “will end up having stranded resources in the ground”.
Again, he said Africa must recognise its need and develop solutions to drive growth on the continent – adding it is also important for countries to diversify, develop and carry each other along.
“At this material moment, what we should be doing is looking at how our banks can be positioned to be the ones which can finance these projects. We have to strategise and know what will work for us in terms of our fossil fuels,” said Mr. Kwame Jantuah.
For his part, Energy Economist Dr. Theo Acheampong is of the view that Africa must prioritise so that it is not caught up in the world’s geopolitics.
He said the continent must prioritise its energy mix to satisfy domestic needs rather than “sending these energy resources out there to meet other consumer needs, as our people continue to struggle in this regard”.
He reiterated that it is essential to develop strategies and leverage the AfCFTA to raise financing and a different regional energy market.
“We need more collaboration and partnerships to carry citizens along in decision-making,” he said.
The maiden Africa Energy Conference focused on highlighting the infrastructure gap, financing options and energy transition opportunities in the African energy sector, and was held under the theme ‘Africa’s energy future – achieving all-round competitiveness and sustainability to support the continent’s development ambitions’
Heavy Downpour on September 1,2022, has cut off three districts including Chereponi, Saboba and Yendi in the Northern region.
A bridge at Wapuli , a community between Yendi and Saboba was destroyed due to the heavy downpour.
Residents have been left stranded in their various communities and cannot move inside or outside their jurisdictions.
Wapuli Electoral Area Assemblyman,
Zakaria Nignamoan Sanduw , told DGN Online that most farms in the community have been submerged and greatly affected.
According to him, farmers food stuffs were carried away adding that the situation will affect business activities across the districts.
“Today is Wapuli market day and usually market women come from other parts of the region to sell but because of this situation they cannot cross to the market whiles some traders from Wapuli cannot also cross to other parts of the district to do their business.”
He indicated that residents find it difficult to get access to health facilities in Yendi and other parts of Northern region due to the road cut.
“When patients are given referral from Wapuli nobody can go to Yendi to seek health care because we cannot cross to the other side of the road so it’s a difficult situation for us.”
Mr. Sanduw therefore appealed to the government to come to their aid to fix the bridge linking Saboba to Yendi to give them access to other parts of the region.
“ Government must take action quickly because the Bagre dam has been opened and so if we don’t get the bridge and road fix and if the Bagre dam comes with the flooding then we the people around Saboba will be cut off from the entire country completely, already the economic situation in the country is greatly affecting us and so if this issue should continue to add to our challenges then you can imagine what will happen to us.”
FROM Eric Kombat
The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) has refuted claims that the Suzuki S-Presso vehicle model which is being marketed by CFAO Ghana is not safe for use as suggested in a trending video.
The GSA in a statement said the vehicle model “in the video is neither meant for, nor, is marketed on the Ghanaian market.”
The Team Lead for Vehicle Homologation and Conformity Assessment at the GSA, MacMillan Prentice indicated that “the Suzuki S-Presso model marketed by CFAO Ghana on the Ghanaian market is homologated (certified and approved) by the Ghana Standards Authority and meets the requirements of National Standards, including provisions concerning the approval of vehicles with regard to the protection of the driver against the steering mechanism in the event of an impact.”
The statement further disclosed that its Team Lead for Vehicle Homologation and Conformity noted that: “Surveillance inspections carried out by Vehicle Conformity Assessment Officers of the Authority on Wednesday 31st August 2022, confirm that the approved model of the Suzuki S-Presso is what is being marketed on the Ghanaian market by CFAO Ghana.”