Renowned Ghanaian journalist and Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Mr. Kwesi Pratt has waded into reactions concerning the government's decision to acquire a new presidential jet to be used by President Akuffo-Addo on his international journeys. In what he described as a disappointment, he indicated that discussions about securing a new jet should not be a topic for deliberation considering the state of the economy.
His comments follow after the Director of Communications at the presidency, Mr. Eugene Arhin indicated in a press briefing that such processes have been instigated to acquire the new bigger jet. His statement seemed credible after he stated that the Defence Minister has began the process leading to the acquisition of the "bigger" plane.
However, outspoken Journalist Mr. Kwesi Pratt has registered his resentment over the statement and has called on the government to drop the discussions. Kwesi Pratt explains that Ghanaians are going through hell under the government, and any competent and visionary leader would not use the state's money to purchase luxurious jets when his people are suffering.
Speaking in an interview on Good Morning Ghana show hosted by Dr. Randy Abbey today, September 29, 2021, he expressed his disappointment in Akuffo-Addo over the decision. In clear terms, Kwesi Pratt enumerated a number of situations that need urgent attention from government instead of purchase of a new jet.
He said, "I cannot understand what is happening in the country recently. Does it always to be that the government is spending money. Your reason is that the jey is too small to accommodate you and your delegation. The newly elected president of Zambia set an example for you to see that you don't need 50 people to attend international meetings with."
He added, "I even heard them saying that our jet cannot travel for longer hours. I cannot just believe this when you only to refuel the jet whilst travelling. Refueling doesn't take more than 30 minutes. The jet is not the our priority. We should not be having discussions on buying a new jet considering what is happening now in Ghana. I am sorry but Ghanaians want a better news from you."
Obviously, the government's decision to buy a new jet for the President did not go down well with most Ghanaians who have chastised government to drop it's decision. From social media rants by some aggrieved Ghanaian youths and criticisms from panelists, the sign is clear that Ghanaians are not satisfied with the decision. As at now, we await the next release from the presidency.
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