Paul Adom-Otchere, the Board Chairman of the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), has had to defend expenditure on Christmas inspirations at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in the last few days.
After an invoice addressed to him began circulating on social media, his first reaction came only 24 hours later. Afom-Otchere responded with a Facebook post in which he listed six facts in support of the spending.
Two of the facts were about the people who were involved in the inspirations, and they were as follows: “FACT: The lovely Christmas tree at Terminal 3 and three others cost GHC 34,000, which Jandel Limited generously supplied at a substantial discount. (We would like to express our gratitude to Jandel Limited.)
“FACT: Favors and Arts provided the other inspirations at a total cost of GHC 84,000, of which GHC 50,000 was financed through sponsorship.”
It increased the entire spending on Christmas inspirations to GHC118,000, but with a sponsorship package from one of the vendors, it was GHC50,000 less. According to his article, the entire cost was $68,000.
On his monthly show, Good Evening Ghana, on Tuesday, January 12, 2022, Adom-Otchere mounted yet another defense to further clarify the quantity that went into the project.
According to his updated calculations, the entire cost of inspirations for two KIA terminals, 2 and 3, came to GHC128,366.
Because of the representation made by the board, the company called the marketers and requested sponsorship, which was provided in cash to the tune of GHC50,000 from DPP agency.
“So, what is the total?” “The total is 128,366 minus 50,000, which is 78,366 Ghana cedis.” That is the difference between what was spent in 2021 and what was spent in 2016, five years ago, and this is for two terminals, not one.
“This is the actual amount spent, not the sum that has been tossed about.” “I saw a Graphic Online story that said 118 was spent, and when you do the math of the entire cost minus the sponsorship that we earned for the company, this is correct,” he said.
In the interview, he also stated that the corporation did not use the invoice featuring his name.
“It is preposterous for anyone to argue that the bills from these two renowned organizations were issued in the name of the Board Chairman,” he said earlier in his Facebook post. “That only implies the creator of such false allegations has insufficient acquaintance with corporate workings.”