Purchase of presidential jet is a misplaced priority – Haruna Iddrisu

Leader of the Minority caucus in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, believes government’s intention to purchase a new presidential jet is needless and a misplaced priority.

Discussions on the presidential jet kick-started by Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, who demanded through urgent questions, the disclosure of the full cost of President Akufo-Addo’s recent foreign trips without the use of the official presidential jet.

However, the government on its part explained that the current jet is simply not fit-for-purpose and it’s almost through in acquiring a new aircraft to cater for presidential travels.

Speaking on the Point of View on Accra-based Citi TV, Haruna Iddrisu said, never will the Minority support that arrangement should it be presented to the house for approval.

“What is this that we hear that because the President cannot bath in the current Falcon, he must buy a new jet, and then we should be interested in providing for the comfort of the President when Ghanaians are reeling under economic hardship? This is a misplaced priority, it is a misplaced expenditure and therefore should not get our support”, Haruna Iddrisu intimated.

The Legislator further added that the Minority will soon meet to plan how to stop the government from acquiring the presidential jet.

“I think the government has not been forthright with the details. The government has not been transparent, we simply want to know how much it cost for the President to travel. No one has said the President should not engage in travels, but let us know what is wrong with the present Ghanaian Presidential jet that we have to go in for a luxurious comfortable jet at the expense of the people. But we do not fight battles standing solo. I don’t believe in that posture. What is important is that the caucus will meet as a matter of necessity.”

Africa Articles