The North Tongu legislator Hon. Samuel Okudjeto Ablakwa has giving indications that he will be filing an urgent question in parliament to have the foreign affairs minister answer questions on why Ghana’s presidential jet was used by Liberian President. The member of parliamentary select committee on foreign affairs made this disclosure to Mugabe Mase on TV XYZ this evening monitored by CitizenOne.
According to Ablakwa, he was not against the usage of Ghana’s property such as a presidential jet by president of any country, however, he was concerned about the terms and conditions applied to such arrangements. Okudjeto said President Wea of Liberia just demonstrated to Ghanaians that our presidential jet is fit for purpose.
Okudjeto Ablakwa stated that Namibia bought an older version of Falcon 900 B in 1991 and still uses it 30 years on. He also denied the claim that Ghana’s presidential jet couldn’t do long distance journey. This is because former President Mahama traveled to Cuba with that jet and President Akuffo also travelled to France and Germany with the same jet.
He shot down the argument on the stop over fueling. Okudjeto said during the president’s travels where he went by rented aircrafts, there were stop over refuelings. So to him, it wasn’t out of place to do refueling.
He concluded by stating that it was an insult on the face of Ghanaians for President Akuffo Addo to decide to buy a new presidential jet at a time we were yet to finish the discussion of renting of laxurous aircrafts for presidential travels. He said that was the height of disrespect and recklessness. He added his voice to that of Haruna Iddrisu that parliament will not approved the deal.
It will be called that, Liberian President George Wea attended the UN General Assembly with Ghana’s presidential jet while Nana Addo attended the same program with a rented aircraft.
But the foreign affairs minister has explained that it was not out of place for other heads to use Ghana’s aircraft. According to Hon. Shirley Ayorko Botwe, the jet was used to airlift some West African heads to Accra for the ECOWAS extra ordinary summit recently. She said the bilateral and multilateral relationship between Ghana and other countries reuqired that we lend a helping hand to each other in times of need.