Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has slammed the government’s intentions to buy a new presidential jet which has sparked public outrage.
He believes it is troubling that the administration is considering a new presidential jet at a time when the entire world is dealing with the financial consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The NDC lawmaker said Ghana’s current presidential jet is in good shape and was recently used by Liberian President George Weah whiles speaking to Francis Abban on STARR FM.
In his own words;
This is the only country in the whole world that in the midst of a pandemic, we’re thinking about buying a presidential jet. In the middle of the pandemic that vaccines haven’t been adequately acquired to assure herd immunity, we’re thinking of a presidential jet.
The current jet is in good shape, there’s nothing wrong with it and just last week, the Liberian Prez used it twice. The current jet has a minimum lifespan of 20 years and we are nowhere near that. I‘m totally outraged. I’m livid, disappointed in President Akufo-Addo, and honestly, I’m at a point where it’s clear to me that the President is not committed to the needs of the people”.
You would recollect that when the government of President Kufuor left office in 2008, it had procured two jets – the current Falcon and a bigger one, but for one reason or the other, the bigger jet was canceled, and we were left with just one. That has happened, but you will recall that the Defence Minister stated clearly that the government has decided to buy a bigger jet to save us from all these troubles.
I don’t want to go into the details, but I am sure that when the Minister gets the opportunity, he will give further information on what the government is doing in that respect, but I am sure of the fact that government is already in the process of getting a bigger jet for use
Nana Addo has come under fire from some members of the public after he decided to lease a luxury private jet instead of using the country’s presidential jet for his recent visits to Germany, South Africa, and the United States of America.