The Foreign Affairs Ministry has insisted there’s nothing wrong with Ghana lending its Presidential jet to Liberian President, George Weah.
This comes after allegations by North Tongu lawmaker, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa questioning the government’s decision to lend the jet to Mr Weah to attend an emergency ECOWAS Summit.
However, the ministry says such assistance is part of bilateral and multilateral diplomatic relations among countries, adding that Ghanaian leaders have in the past also benefitted from such gestures.
In a statement of response, the Ministry maintained that Mr. Ablakwa’s “insular posture comes as a surprise
“In the light of the strenuous and concerted efforts by ECOWAS leaders to broker peace in the region, the Ministry finds it rather unfortunate that Hon. Okudzeto Ablakwa would seek to deliberately muddy the waters with these negative comments.”
“In the latest of such utterances, Hon. Okudzeto Ablakwa sought to suggest that transporting the President of Liberia, His Excellency George Weah, abroad Ghana’s presidential jet to participate in the emergency ECOWAS Summit during the recent political crisis in Guinea, constituted and impropriety. Nothing could be further from the truth”
“It must be emphasized that the practice of sharing travel resources among West African Heads of State and high-ranking officials, is not a recent phenomenon. Indeed, in the past, some Heads of State have, in their capacity as Chair of ECOWAS, extended this courtesy”, the Ministry explained.