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Ghana: New presidential jet for Akufo-Addo faces opposition resistance

By Jonas Nyabor
Posted on Tuesday, 28 December 2021 12:14

President of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
President of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo waits to speak during the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. (Hannah McKay/Pool via AP)

The opposition party in Ghana’s parliament will resist plans by the government to purchase a new presidential jet for President Nana Akufo-Addo after the country's defence minister formally announced plans to make the purchase.

The current presidential aircraft, a $37m French-built Dassault Falcon 900EX-Easy, has been in use since 2011. It has served former presidents John Evans Atta-Mills, John Mahama and now Akufo-Addo.

Rumours of plans by the government to purchase a new presidential aircraft started in 2018 when an engine failure forced the plane carrying President Akufo-Addo and his entourage to the UN General Assembly in New York to make an emergency landing at the Washington Dulles Airport.

At the time, information minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah insisted that a new aircraft was out of the government’s immediate priorities. However, three years on, the minister for defence, Dominic Nitiwul, is making a strong case for a new and bigger aircraft.