Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul has said President Akufo-Addo has the ultimate power to decide on which jet he picks for his travels as far as his safety and comfort is concerned.
According to him, the current presidential aircraft is not fit for purpose for the following reasons: limited capacity, constant refuelling and lack of comfort.
Answering the urgent question before Parliament today from North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa on the president’s decision to fly in a private jet, Dominic Nitiwul said the president needs at least an aircraft he can take his shower in.
“This aircraft will carry a load of 11 persons minus the crew. When this aircraft is travelling to the eastern part of the USA or Asia, it will not load a crew of more than eight plus the luggage. So it depends on where it is going.”
Secondly, I have also said the aircraft has to do refuelling stops, and also in this COVID-19, when you are travelling to multiple destinations like the president’s recent travel, the Falcon couldn’t have been taken because he would have had to do technical stops which are not desirable.”
“When he is travelling with more than 20 people like he has been doing for business trips that brought huge sums of money for this country, he will need more than just a Falcon, otherwise, the others would have to go a day ahead before the president to prepare themselves.”
“In fact, the president would also have to go a day ahead because no president can shower in this aircraft. He cannot move from this aircraft straight into a meeting.”
The North Tongu lawmaker has claimed President Akufo-Addo has spent an amount of GHS 2.8 million on his recent travels to only South Africa and France, using the services of a private jet.