Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu has kicked against the purchase of a new presidential jet, saying his side will not support the government in that regard.
He argued that the country does not need a new presidential jet as the whole world is grappling with the terrible impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, including Ghana.
Speaking on Citi TV’s Point of View, the tamale South MP described the decision as “a misplaced priority.”
“What I do know is that You borrow for productive areas of the economy; you don’t borrow for profligacy and opulence, and therefore, that will be our objection to Nana Addo Dankwa that is this his priority in a country that people, as I said, are still suffering from unrelieved poverty; growing unemployment?”
“Do you know how many jobs that money can provide?” he quizzed and went on to say that the country was struggling to put the economy in shape, so their side of the law-making chamber will reject the deal.
“We have a crisis of fiscal deficit and therefore we should be mindful of that,” he added.
Haruna Iddrisu’s concerns follow a warning from some of his party members that they would rise against the Minority should they let the government side have its way to purchase the jet.
A member of the communication team for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Yaw Brogya Genfi has vowed to go after members of parliament (MPs) on the ticket of the NDC should they allow the government to have its way and purchase a new presidential jet.
The discussion of a new presidential jet for president Akufo-Addo has inundated the Ghanaian media space ever since the spokesperson for the President, Eugene Arhin hinted of the acquisition of a new bigger jet for the president.
Despite the existence of a presidential jet -the Falcon 900 EXE- which was purchased some 11 years, Arhin told pressmen on Monday that the “Government is already in the process of acquiring a bigger jet for use.”
“The Minister of Defence has made it clear that the government has decided to buy a bigger jet to save us from all these troubles. I wouldn’t want to go into details. I am sure when the Minister of Defence has the opportunity he will do that,” he said.
But speaking to Kwame Minkah on Tonton Sansan on TV XYZ yesterday, Brogya Genfi who is a former youth leader of the NDC in the Ashanti region said “I can assure that we [Ghanaians and the NDC youth] will kick against the reckless move.”
He warned the Minority, led by Haruna Iddrisu and Asawase MP Muntaka Mubarak, not to dare approve the move when it is laid in the law-making Chamber.
“Buying a new presidential jet involves huge sums of money yet we have workers whose salaries are nothing good to write home about; Rotation nurses are crying over unpaid allowances but our government wants to buy a new jet. That does not make sense,” he fumed.
“The Ghanaian youth and the youth of NDC will treat the NDC MPs like the government of Nana Akufo-Addo if they approve this reckless expenditure,” he fumed.