Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa also noted that the African presidents do not pay Ghana for the usage of the presidential jet.
He made the comments on Joy News after the Minister of Foreign Affairs revealed in Parliament that the presidential jet was used to carry some African presidents to Ghana for an Ecowas summit.
“We keep giving out this presidential jet for free; they don’t even pay for aviation fuel. So there have to be some parameters, some policy that guides, so it doesn’t become a presidential Uber,” the Ranking Member on Foreign Affairs said.
“Why is it that when our president has to travel particularly to Europe and America, he chooses to charter these ultra-luxurious aircraft and then leave our presidential jet in the hands of other African presidents?” he questioned.
According to the Foreign Minister, Shirley Ayokor-Botchwey, Ghana gave out the presidential jet because of its good relationship with its neighbours.
She further noted that because the ECOWAS summit was urgent due to the recent coups in the sub-region, those African leaders who used the presidential jet had to be physically present in Ghana.
She, therefore, said the decision to give out the jet did not undermine the sovereign interest of Ghana.
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