The Minority Leader of Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu says, the government’s plan to purchase a new Presidential jet may not come into fulfillment because it is bent on resisting the move.
Mr. Iddrisu believes the government’s quest to purchase a new jet is a waste of tax payer’s money.
The President’s previous travels have been a debate in the news for some months, which led Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Member of Parliament for North Tongu to file urgent questions for the full cost of the trip.
However, the government has said it is almost through in acquiring a new jet to cater for presidential travels; the reason being that the current jet is simply not fit-for-purpose.
To Haruna Iddrisu, such expenses are wasteful and the minority will not agree on that.
He cited the undealt economic hardship the country is presently facing as one of the fundamental reasons.
Speaking to the media, he disclosed his side will never back the arrangement for the new jet.
“What is this that we hear. Because the President cannot bath in the Falcon he must buy a new jet. So 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 implied.
The Akufo-Addo government is under fire from Mr. Ablakwa, who has consistently accused the President of wasting taxpayer’s money on hiring luxurious jets for his foreign trips instead of using the falcon, current presidential jet.
The government however have explained that the falcon was not convenient for long-hour trips, as it couldn’t take more numbers and had limited facilities for the comfort of a president.
Haruna Iddrisu said the Minority will soon meet to gather its armament just to get moves to obtain the presidential jet halted.
“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. Let us know why 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.”