The Agbogbomefia of Asogli State who is also the Founder and Co-Chairman of Africa World Airline (AWA), Togbe Afede XIV, has revealed a grandiose plan for an aviation school to train pilots in Ghana.
Part of the plan is also to set up an aircraft maintenance workshop in Ghana. Both of the facilities would be located in the Volta Regional capital, Ho.
“Beyond commercial operations to this place, we are planning other projects that will enhance the airport’s viability and produce a lot of benefits – not only in Ho and the Volta Region, but the whole of the nation. Among others, we plan to establish a pilot training school in Ho. I am happy to say that it is receiving full support from the Ghana Airport Company, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority and also the government,” Togbe Afede stated, while revealing plans for his pet project.
“Additionally, we plan to establish an Aircraft Maintenance Organisation here; which would mean that instead of aircraft going abroad for the various checks, they can come to Ho for basic maintenance services. It would also mean that we can attract aircraft from other countries to come here for maintenance services. This has tremendous ramifications: apart from providing jobs for the people of Ghana, we are talking about training opportunities; and we will be able to train more Ghanaians to become aircraft maintenance engineers.”
Togbe Afede is involved in several business operations in Ghana, including an investment brokerage firm, the initiator of the Asogli Thermal power plant, the Chairman of Accra Hearts of Oak Football Club and AWA.
It appears the latest project is part of the aviation value chair he is intended on establishing in Ghana.
“The inspirational aspect is extremely important for me. We should know that none of these will materialise if we don’t patronise the services of the pioneering AWA and others who will follow. The only way other airlines will follow is when they realise that AWA is successful in Ho,” Togbe Afede XI said.