- Reports available to YEN.com.gh indicates there are plans by the government to purchase a new private jet
- The new aircraft government is requesting is believed can carry between 70 and 100 passengers
- The defence minister Dominic Nitiwul says it would be important for the state to buy a new aircraft that can carry a better payload
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Amid the news of the government spending huge sums of money to charter a private jet for President Akufo-Addo's recent trips, reports available to YEN.com.gh shows there are plans to purchase a new jet for the presidency.
According to a report filed by JoyNews, government is requesting a new aircraft that can carry between 70 and 100 passengers.
The defence minister Dominic Nitiwul says it would be important for the state to buy a new aircraft that can carry a better payload.
“The Ghana Airforce is once again requesting for a multi-functional aircraft to add to its inventory as a requisite command and control asset, to be able to connect Ghana’s National Security to diplomacy,” the minister is reported by JoyNews to have said.
Dominic Nitiwul also justified the decision to hire the aircraft arguing the safety of the President should come before the cost.
Akufo-Addo cannot bath on the Presidential Falcon
Nitiwul said the current presidential jet has many challenges such as the limited passengers it can carry, the number of times required for refuelling on a trip, and luggage capacity among others.
This, he said, makes the aircraft not fit for purpose.
Nitiwul indicated that the president cannot even take his shower on the aircraft.
“In fact, the president would also have to go a day ahead because no president can shower in this aircraft. He cannot move from this aircraft straight into a meeting.”
Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa made claims that President Akufo-Addo spent Ghc2.8m on a private jet on his recent trips to France and South Africa.
In a post on his Facebook page, he alleged that Akufo-Addo decided to rent an aircraft that cost the Ghanaian taxpayer £15,000 an hour.
He further added that the President left Accra for Paris on May 16, 2021, and then from Paris to Johannesburg and back to Accra on May 25.
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Source: Yen News