The Member of Parliament for the people in North Tongu-Volta Region, Honourable Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has debunked claims, that the Presidential jet is too small to carry the President and his entourage.
Speaking on JoyNews’s program Newsfile on Saturday, 4 September 2021, Honourable Ablakwa revealed that, the President’s latest hired jet could only carry 19 people, a number rather close to Ghana’s Presidential jet’s (Falcon 900) capacity of 17 people.
According to the North Tongu MP, who is also the Ranking Member on Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, “Again that argument doesn’t cut it. It does not make any sense. What is the difference really between 17 and 19? What is the substantial, the significant difference that the Ghanaian taxpayer should be saddled”?
Honourable Okudzetto Ablakwa further revealed that, while President Nana Akufo-Addo was away on his recent ‘luxury trip’ to Germany, an unknown person was also using the Presidential jet ‘Falcon 900 EX-Easy’, for an unspecified purpose.
Speaking on Newsfile, Honuorable Ablakwa said, that, “Whilst the President was on this luxury frolick, the presidential jet was flown to France on the 19th of July 2021 per my tracking and departed Kotoka at 8 minutes past 6 am and arrived in France at 14:30. It flew direct”.
He added that, “Remember that when I put out the first expose on the ACJ 320 neo some NPP communicators said ‘Oh you know the aircraft cannot fly directly to France.’ On the 19th of July it flew directly, non-stop to France which confirms what we have always said that the Falcon can fly to Europe directly non-stop”.
The North Tongu Member of Parliament claimed that, a difference of two persons between the two jets, was not enough justification why the government had to go and rent a jet “so luxurious it would make Arabian Kings jealous”.
Few months ago, Honourable Okudzeto Ablakwa alleged; that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and his entourage, has spent an amount of GHS 2.8 million, on travels to South Africa and France; using the services of a private jet, and so he (Honourable Ablakwa), has filed an urgent question in Parliament over the cost of the president’s travels.
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