Gov’t plans to acquire new presidential jet

Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul has revealed that the Ghana Airforce of Ghana is requesting for a multi-functional aircraft to add to its inventory as a requisite command and control asset.

Speaking at the chamber in parliament yesterday, the minister said …“The Ghana Airforce of Ghana is once again requesting for a multi-functional aircraft to add to its inventory as a requisite command and control asset, to be able to connect Ghana’s National Security to diplomacy,” he said on the floor of Parliament while answering questions about the cost of renting a presidential jet for President Akufo-Addo’s recent trip to Europe, on Wednesday June 16.

Meanwhile, North Tongu Member of Parliament Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has raised issued with claims by that the cost of renting a presidential jet for President Akufo-Addo’s trips doesn’t matter.

This was after Mr Nitiwul has justified the president’s decision to rent a luxurious aircraft for use two weeks ago on a Europe and Africa tour at the cost of over 2.6 million cedis.

The Bimbila lawmaker said the capacity of the falcon presidential aircraft can no longer carry the president’s entourage without re-fueling.

“The decision to travel particularly to long and multiple destinations such as the president travelling to France, Belgium, South African and back to Ghana especially during this covid time will always require a larger capacity aircraft such as a DBKJ or an aircraft ATJ 319 even when the Falcon is air ready,” he said.

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