The conversation around the president of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s abandonment of the country’s presidential jet in favour of the renting of high end luxurious jets for his foreign travels rages on and now member of parliament of North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has made a rather damning revelation at the current situation of our Nation’s presidential jet as according to him the presidential jet has now been reduced to uber to fly other African presidents here and there as our president has abandoned for privately owned jets.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, came out to justify why Ghana’s presidential jet had now become an uber for African presidents, citing Ghana’s commitment to regional integration, the promotion of peace and security as a factor.
She stated that “That decision had to be taken in the supreme interest of the West African Sub-region. It was to do with the coup in Guinea and also issues to do with Mali and, of course, the Sahel as well.
“These decisions are taken because they are necessary. I believe the cost is important, but it should take a backstage when the security of a nation is in jeopardy.”
The member of parliament of North Tongu however has not been taken in by her minister for foreign affairs and regional integration’s explanation and has continued to probe into the matter, seeking that the matter be addressed
He said “We keep giving out this presidential jet for free; they don’t even pay for aviation fuel. So there have to be some parameters, some policy that guides, so it doesn’t become a presidential Uber.
“Why is it that when our president has to travel particularly to Europe and America, he chooses to charter these ultra-luxurious aircraft and then leave our presidential jet in the hands of other African presidents?”