Wednesday, 29th September 2021
The president of Ghana HE Nana Akuffo Addo is set to purchase six new aircrafts including one presidential jet. This was announced by the finance minister Hon. Ken Ofori Atta during the last mid-year budget review.
The decision to procure a new presidential jet followed the incessant calls from the minority side of parliament particularly Hon. Samuel Okudjeto to the president to stop renting expensive and laxurous aircrafts for his travels. According to the North Tongu legislator, President Akuffo Addo had spent close to 10 million Ghana Cedis in just three trips. He said that amount could purchase a new aircraft.
But the dream of the Government on a new presidential jet may be short-lived because the minority is up in arms against the deal. Speaking to Roland Walker of TV 3 in am exclusive interview monitored by CitizenOne, Hon. Okudjeto Ablakwa said the NDC side of the house of legislation was convinced the president didn't need a new jet. He said, the renting of laxurous aircrafts for the President's trips were just to prepare the grounds for this big announcement and the NDC wouldn't cotor to their jerimantrics.
According to the member of Parliamentary select committee on foreign affairs, the defence minister told parliament in his last appearance that the current presidential jet, Falcon 900 X was in good condition. The jet he said had a life span of between 20 and 30 years and it had lasted for just 10 years.
Okudjeto said the Librarian President George Wea had demonstrated that Ghana's presidential jet was fit for purpose as he used it for a recent trip. Ablakwa told the government to drop the idea of a new jet because the hung parliament wouldn't approve it.
Recently, Ghanaian public workers have been hard on Government for increasing salary by 4%. But the government explained that the covid-19 pandemic had stressed the public purse hence it couldn't increase it beyond that. With the decision to purchase a new aircraft under the same condition, Ghanaian workers can feel been lied to and may hit the streets again.
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