The Minister of Transport Hon. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah has indicated his commitment of ensuring that the MTN telecommunication mast that is impeding the smooth landing of commercial aircrafts at the Wa Airport is relocated and the operations of the airport reactivated.
Speaking at the office of the Upper West Regional Minister after touring the Wa Airport on Wednesday June 2, 2021, the Minister said the government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is committed to resolving all the impediments heckling the smooth operations of the Wa Airport.
He was quick to add that a reminding notice will be given to MTN who had already exhausted the grace period given to it to relocate the mast. Accentuating that, the ministry of transport will be forced to take a reasonable action if the company refuses to heed to the directive for the second time.
Hon. Asiamah also expressed worry over the encroachment of the airports’ land and therefore called on the leadership of the region to resolve it whiles he concentrates on the relocation of the mast.
Meanwhile, Upper West Regional Minister Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih who received the Transport Minister and his entourage immediately assured the transport Minister that actions will be taken to mitigate the rate at which the airports’ land is being encroached, stressing that his outfit will not hesitate in embarking on demolishing exercise if the need arises.
He again noted that the operationalization of the Wa Airport is one of his ‘babies’ and he will not relent on efforts to ensuring that the operation of the port bounces back.
Dr. Hafiz further revealed that the chiefs and people of the region are not happy over the inability of aircrafts to fly to and from the region, adding that some medical specialists who were offering services to the Upper West Regional hospital used to travel with the flights from Accra to Wa to attend to patients and go back within a day, but the halting of flights operations has also put a stop to those special services the hospital used to get hence his passionate appeal to the transport ministry to quickly resolve the impediments.
The last time a commercial flight came to the Upper West Region was on the 30th of March, 2020.