North Tongu MP, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, may not have been fabricating an imaginary story when he revealed that President Akufo-Addo had basically handed over Ghana’s Presidential jet, a Falcon 900B to the President of Liberia, George Weah, following confirmation from Jubilee House insiders.
An unnamed official from the Jubilee House had reportedly confirmed the weird to Accra-based Joy News.
The development is strange because the Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul had clearly stated that the Falcon jet used as Ghana’s presidential jet was unsuitable for President Akufo Addo, hence the justification for the chartering of one of the world’s most expensive gold-plated private jet for President Akufo Addo for three different foreign trips in the past four months.
The said official reportedly confirmed that President Weah used Ghana’s presidential jet to the September 15 ECOWAS summit that took place in Accra and that its use was granted based on a request to Ghana’s presidency.
This latest controversy around the presidential jet has become topical because President Akufo Addo last Friday chartered a US$ 15,000 per hour private jet to attend the 76th meeting of the UN General Assembly.
Mr. Akufo-Addo appears to be spoiled for luxurious choices at the expense of impoverished taxpayers as his spokespersons claim the gold-plated Boeing 737-900ER BBJ3 used to junket to the UN meeting was just ideal for the President because it had all the perks that Mr. Akufo Addo needed in the air, including an onboard Jacuzzi bathroom, an Arabian King-style Master Bedroom, A cinema room and a top-of-the-range blinking entertainment system.
“I can authoritatively confirm without a scintilla of doubt or any equivocation for that matter that President Akufo-Addo on his current trip to the United States of America has again chartered the same ultra-luxury aircraft he used to the UK and Germany — the Luxembourg-based luxury jet registered LX-DIO and operated by Global Jet Luxembourg. Same Boeing 737-900ER BBJ3 with Manufacturer Serial Number (MSN) 62515 and Line Number 5659,” an angry
According to him, throughout the President’s short visit, Ghana will pay a whopping Ghc3.7million on this trip alone.
“At US$14,000 an hour, Ghanaians should be expecting to pay a staggering US$616,000; that is an elephantine 3.7million Ghana Cedis by the President’s return,” he wrote.
It was in this same post on Facebook a few days ago that Hon. Ablakwa had revealed that the President practically Ghana’s presidential jet to the Liberian President.
“While President Akufo-Addo was engaged in his Arabian-King-style cruise on the LX-DIO at our expense, our Presidential Jet was being used by Liberian President, George Weah. Our monitoring reveals that President Weah landed at the Roberts International Airport (Robertsfield) in Liberia onboard Ghana’s Falcon at 10:00GMT on 18th September 2021. It was the second time in the same week the Liberian leader was exclusively using our presidential jet,” Okudzeto wrote.
President George Weah apparently does not mind traveling in a potentially dangerous presidential jet as the Jubilee House would want Ghanaians to believe.
Meanwhile, the cumulative sum of President Akufo-Addo’s recent three luxury trips abroad imposes more than GHC11 million on the suffering Ghanaian taxpayer.