- A member of PIAC had earlier reported that helicopters purchased for the Ghana Gas company could not be found
- However, Mr. Jinapor has debunked these claims, describing them as surprising
- According to him, the helicopters are in the care of the Armed Forces as they have the expertise in handling them
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There are no Ghana Gas helicopters missing, they are in the care of the Ghana Armed Forces, the former deputy Minister for Power John Jinapor has said.
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Mr. Jinapor was responding to claims that the helicopters purchased during former president Mahama’s tenure had suddenly gone missing.
He spoke to Starr News on Wednesday, debunking these reports, stating, “We procured four helicopters and they were commissioned by John Mahama in public. Ghana Gas does not have the pilots and expertise to fly the helicopters…the helicopters are not supposed to be parked at Atuabo…the Ghana Armed Forces was asked to manage the helicopters.”
He further remarked that helicopters had been in good shape at the time he was leaving office, as such he found it surprising that the management said they were unaware of the procurement of the helicopters.
Mr. Jinapor’s comment follow reports that three purchased helicopters under the previous administration which cost $150 million could not be found.
A member of the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC), Dr. Steve Manteaw had earlier stated there was confirmation of the purchase of the helicopters, but that it was unclear where exactly they were being kept.
Speaking on Adom FM on Tuesday, Dr. Manteaw stated, "The three helicopters that were bought for $ 150 million are nowhere to be found at the site…I have asked about the helicopters but there are no answers forth coming…."
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