Here is government’s justification for moving to acquire bigger presidential jet

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The plane that the President of Ghana uses to go for worldwide gatherings has lately turned into a topic of conversation.

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been denounced by the MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, of forsaking the current Dassault Falcon 900 EXE for an extravagance airplane that awards him solace to the detriment of the customary citizen.

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The French-assembled Dassault Falcon 900 EX-Easy airplanes, was procured during President John Agyekum Kufuor’s time in 2007 however was conveyed for use in 2010.

Addressing the media on Monday, September 27, at the Jubilee House, the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin hinted: “Government is now during the time spent gaining a greater stream for use.

“The Minister of Defense has clarified that the public authority has chosen to purchase a greater stream to save us from this load of difficulties. I wouldn’t have any desire to delve into subtleties. I’m certain whenever the Minister of Defense has the chance he will do that.”

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Eugene Arhin was responding to an inquiry on whether the public authority planned purchasing a greater airplane to oblige the President and his company on true unfamiliar outings as the current official fly had demonstrated lacking for the reason.

He disclosed that the transition to get a greater fit-for-reason airplane was essential for an expense saving measure on the movements of the President and other key state functionaries.

Eugene Arhin did not give the particulars of the airplane bargain yet said the Defense Minister would reveal insight into the advancement at the suitable time.

He noted further that during President Kufuor’s organization, plans were far cutting edge to buy two airplanes, the current stream (Falcon 900 EX-Easy airplanes – 12 travelers less team) and a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) – more than 100 travelers and around 40 travelers on VVIP setting – however when the NPP lost capacity to the NDC in 2008, the then president, John Evans Atta Mills, dropped the BBJ bargain, which should be a greater official fly.

Arhin expressed that it would have appeared well and good to keep the greater one since when voyaging, the whole assignment would all be able to move at a go to assist with saving expense.

Ablakwa’s inquiry on Akufo-Addo’s lavish outings abroad

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the North Tongu MP, has asked a critical inquiry in Parliament for what reason President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has not been utilizing the Falcon 900 EXE, which should be Ghana’s Presidential fly for long stretch goes as of late and on second thought depending on costly sanctioned airplanes.

Ablakwa’s hounded call for straightforwardness in official voyages has set off a public discussion on the condition of the official fly, regardless of whether it was in acceptable condition and considered airworthy.

Priest of Defense reaction to Ablakwa’s inquiry

Dominic Nitiwul, Minister of Defense, in June 2021, showed up before Parliamentarians to answer Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa’s inquiry on the official fly.

In his reaction, the pastor showed that that was the ideal opportunity for the country to procure a new and befitting official stream.

He said, this was on the grounds that the current Falcon 900 EX-Easy airplanes, utilized by the President, was not good for reason.

“The limit of the current Falcon airplane is far beneath that of Fokker 28 which flew incredibly, significant people of in excess of 25 travelers during the Acheampong, Akuffo, Rawlings and Kufuor periods thus the earnest requirement for a fitting airplane which can convey a superior payload as far as travelers of 70 to 100 individuals and to convey all their things without influencing the presentation of the airplane.”

He noticed, the official fly – Falcon 900 Ex-Easy – could just convey 11 travelers less the team and it regularly needed to do “unwanted refueling stops at accidental objections” during extended periods, making bother both the President and the host nations.

Nitiwul expressed that, to deflect such bothers, the utilization of the sanctioned personal luxury plane was basic as it could convey more travelers and fly significant distances without making stops to refuel.

“Indeed, while Falcon Ex-Easy is useful and airworthy, the choice to make a trip especially to long and various objections, for example, the President going to France, Belgium and South Africa and back to Ghana, particularly during the COVID time, would consistently require a bigger limit airplane, for example, a Boeing Business stream (BBJ) or Airbus ACJ 319 not in any event, when the Falcon is airworthy,” he said.

“Extremely, significant people (VVIPs) or Presidential travel isn’t about airplane type or cost yet it is about the security of the airplane team and travelers.”

Dominic Nitiwul clarified that it was more costly not to have a Boeing Business Jet or an Airbus Jet, bringing up how Ghana needed to spend more than $50m in the course of the most recent 10 years to transport warriors for peacekeeping missions alone.

“In the event that the Air Force has an essential lift, this sum would have been saved to the depository,” he said.

The priest noticed, the Ghana Airforce has for quite a while, requested the re-preparing of the Communication Squadron to empower it to play out its capacities adequately.

Previous President John Agyekum Kufuor is said to have heard that request of the Armed Forces and chose to gain, a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) and a Falcon 900 Ex-Easy Jet.

The BBJ fly, Nitiwul expressed, which could continue 100 travelers and around 40 travelers on VVIP seating, was expected for long stretch excursions and to likewise go about as an essential lift airplane.

While the Falcon 900 Ex-Easy Jet was to fill in as a reinforcement to the BBJ and furthermore to serve more limited courses yet for reasons unknown, the pastor focused, the BBJ request was dropped by the new government in 2009, with the Falcon 900 EX-Easy being the main airplane conveyed in 2010.

Dominic Nitiwul noted further that, when the President needs to go on the Falcon 900 Ex-Easy Jet, the majority of the official staff members, security subtleties and official press corp voyaged business, with expanded expense and its specialist delays.

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