An examination of records by the Auditor General has exposed that two airport authorities, namely Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL), owe the Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet) a staggering US$10 million.
This amount is in relation to airport passenger tax, landing, and en-route charges for the period between October 2019 and June 2021.
The indebtedness of the two authorities to GMet was revealed in the 2022 audit of public accounts of ministries, departments, and agencies.
The findings indicated a violation of Section 12 of the Ghana Meteorological Agency Act, 2019 (Act 1002) as amended, which mandates the inclusion of specific fees and charges accruing to the agency in the performance of its functions.
According to the Act, GMet is entitled to 10 percent of all landing charges and 10 percent of overflight charges collected by GCAA, as well as 5 percent of airport tax collected by any aerodrome operation.
The Auditor General‘s report recommended that the chief director takes swift action to ensure that the acting director of GMet recovers the outstanding amount owed by GCAA and GACL without any further delay.