A former Member of Parliament (MP) for Mion in the Northern Region, Mohammed Abdul-Aziz, is not convinced by the reasons the Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul, gave as justification for the President ditching the presidential jet for a private one for his recent trips.Speaking on the Breakfast Daily Show on Citi TV, on Thursday [June 17, 2021], the former MP said the current presidential jet is in good shape and could have been used by the president for his trips.
“The reason that they can’t do a straight journey to France is not true. I have done my checks. The Falcon 900 that we have can do 13 hours straight flight.”
President Nana Akufo-Addo has been widely criticised after it came to the fore that his recent visit to France, Belgium and South Africa were done using an expensive private jet.
“So that doesn’t wash and makes no sense. They could’ve also flown back to Accra and then straight to South Africa. So there is no reason in their explanation that what we have now could not have been used for that trip,” he insisted.
The issue was first raised by the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, who subsequently demanded answers from the Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul in Parliament.