President assents to Civil Aviation Amendment Bill

Accra, March 16, GNA
– The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo -Addo, on Friday March 8, assented to
the Ghana Civil Aviation (Amendment) Bill to become Act 985 (2019).

The Amendment of the
Ghana Civil Aviation Act 906 (2016) is to address the various deficiencies
raised by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) with respect to
the Aviation sector.

The New Act thus
empowers GCAA to continue with the provision of Air Navigation Services till a
new entity is formed.

It also enhances the
role of the Minister of Aviation in the areas of accidents and serious incident

Parliament on March 8,
passed the Bill to improve safety and strengthen security in the aviation

A release issued by
the Ministry of Aviation, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, on March 9, said
the sector Minister, Mr Kofi Adda, who moved for the Bill to be passed,
explained that the Amendment was also to ensure that Ghana became compliant
with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

The Member of
Parliament for Navrongo Central, also explained that though the Sector was
already doing well by global standards and was ranking very high, the Amendment
would help to address the deficiencies identified in numerous assessments of
the structures and operational systems of air navigational services as well as
ensure the effective implementation of the state safety programmes and accident

This would be done by
setting up an independent outfit under the Minister for the Accidents and
Serious Incidents Investigations in the sector.

It would also enhance
the powers of the Director General of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)
to enable it to carry on investigations and access vital information.

It also makes
provision for the funding of the independent outfit to ensure that its
personnel work effectively, while it helps to prevent the operation of flights
by unqualified personnel.

“The same Amendment
would also see the decoupling of the GCAA, segregating the regulatory function
and navigation services provision,” it explained.

 “Here too, a new outfit for the Air Navigation
Services would be established under the amendment if assented into law by the

 Following this, it said, the Aviation Ministry
would move to get additional regulations passed through by the Subsidiary
Legislation Committee of Parliament, in time for an audit by the ICAO, later
this month.

The Amendment Bill,
the Minister, said, had far reaching consequences with regard to the
improvement of Ghana’s rating into the Category One Status to qualify under the
Federal Aviation Administration for Ghanaian flights to enter into the United
States of America.

“In recent times, we
have seen major initiatives in such infrastructural projects and system
enhancements, which combined with this legislation, all point in the direction
of the nation truly becoming the aviation hub in the Sub region”.


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