Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has chided the decision by government to purchase a new presidential jet.
Speaking on Starr FM he said the country’s current presidential jet is in good shape and can be used by the president, however, he has chosen to live luxuriously and give out the country’s jet to Liberian president George Weah.
“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”.
Director of communications at the presidency had disclosed to the media that plans are already advanced to procure a new private jet.
Addressing the press Monday, September 27, 2021, Eugene Arhin said: “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 cancelled, 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.”