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Aviation Expert Settles Debate As To Whether Ghana Needs A New Presidential Jet

There is an ongoing debate regarding whether Ghana needs a new jet for the president. Indeed, communicators of the ruling New Patriotic Party have unanimously agreed that the time is right for a new plane to curb the costs involved in chartering planes when the president travels. Those on the opposite divide however disagree. According to them, in troubling economic times as this there was the need to spend cautiously.

Elements of the opposition National Democratic Congress maintain that the President is yet to account for travelling costs and also give clear reasons for the decision to purchase a new jet. Well, on TV3’s The Keypoints, Aviation Expert, Captain Michael Yao Foli shared his thoughts on calls for a new jet. He told Alfred Ocansey that the reasons being given by government appointees for a new jet are not tenable

“If it is not broke, don’t fix it. various reasons have been given for the purchase of a second presidential jet. Listening to them all, from a professional pint I don’t see them tenable. First, we are told the plane is not serviceable. So how come presidents of Liberia and Guinea Bissau are being flown in it. For reasons on range, this plane can fly direct to almost all European countries.

When we say it has technical problems it worries me. Because an 11-year old aircraft in aviation is just a teenager. This means we must start looking at how we maintain our aircrafts. It means if we get a new one then 10 years down the line we are going to have technical challenges again” Captain Foli said

Indeed, if we are to go according to what he said, we can conclude that indeed the plane is still young and can go for many years. According to aviation experts, the lifeline of a plane is about 30 years and so Ghana’s current plane is young and has a long way to go. The crucial question that is troubling is we might all agree we need a plane, but are the times right for a new plane?

In 2000 then MP for Abuakwa, Akufo-Addo on the floor of Parliament made this statement while addressing concerns after President Rawlings had purchased a new jet. He queried why the country has economic crises and yet the president negates that and buys a new jet. He concludes with this;

But the president is entitled to have spent for himself $19 million over the next 5 years for this aircraft. I have no doubt that if the priorities are spelt out properly, the purchase of an executive jet will come very low down the scale of priorities” Akufo-Addo said.

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