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, 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.
Genfi also alleged that the President of Liberia, George Oppong Weah, has been using Ghana’s presidential jet for some time now and quizzed, “if the jet was not fit for purpose, how come it is being used by the Liberian President?”
“The Falcon 900 was upgraded few years after it was purchased and it is stronger than the country acquired it in 2009,” Brogya Genfi stated.
The development comes after MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, indicated that steps by the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo led government to purchase a bigger presidential jet, was on the premise of the government abandoning the existing presidential jet for obscene luxury charters.
He added, “Ghana’s current presidential jet is therefore barely 11 years old. The Namibian’s who use a similar presidential aircraft, albeit an older model— a Falcon 900B continue to use theirs after 30 years. (The Namibians purchased their Falcon in 1991).”