It has emerged that indeed Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo Addo, rented a private jet at a whopping cost of $15,000 per hour.
He hired the private jet on his recent trips to Europe.
Interestingly, Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, has told Parliament that the reason for the private jet instead of using the country’s presidential jet was to among other things enable the President to bath while in the air.
“This aircraft will carry a load of 11 persons minus the crew. When this aircraft is travelling to the eastern part of the USA or Asia, it will not load a crew of more than eight plus the luggage.
So it depends on where it is going. Secondly, I have also said the aircraft has to do refuelling stops, and also in this COVID-19, when you are travelling to multiple destinations like the president’s recent travel, the Falcon couldn’t have been taken because he would have had to do technical stops which are not desirable, and when he is travelling with more than 20 people like he has been doing for business trips that brought huge sums of money for this country, he will need more than just a Falcon, otherwise, the others would have to go a day ahead before the president to prepare themselves…In fact, the president would also have to go a day ahead because no president can shower in this aircraft.
He cannot move from this aircraft straight into a meeting.” Mr. Nitiwul said.
Mr Akufo-Addo during his visit to France for the Paris Summit on Africa begged cup in hand for France to cancel Africa’s debt despite the fact that he was traveling in absolute luxury.
As earlier reported by African Entertainment, an opposition NDC Member of Parliament, Sam Okudzeto Ablakwa, had alleged that President Nana Akufo-Addo has parked Ghana’s Presidential jet and has gone to rent a $15,000 an hour luxury jet.
According to him, the private jet ended up costing poor Ghanaian taxpayers a whopping £345,000 or GHS 2.8 million for Mr. Akufo-Addo’s recent trips.
Mr Akufo-Addo was recently in France for the Paris Summit on Africa which took place between May 17 and 18, 2021. He later traveled to Brussels, Belgium, South Africa.
On Thursday, May 27, 2021, African Entertainment tracked Mr Akufo-Addo’s foreign trip and released he visited Abuja, Nigeria where he addressed the 2021 First Ordinary Session of the Fifth Legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament.