The Minister for Defence, Mr Dominic Nitiwul has said the VVIP or Presidential travel is not about aircraft type or cost but it is all about the safety of the Aircraft its crew and passengers.
He said President could not have travelled with Falcon Ex-Easy with registration number 9G-EXE particularly to long and multiple destinations such as France, Belgium, South Africa and back to Ghana, especially during this covid era.
However, he would require a larger capacity aircraft such as a BBJ or Airbus ACJ 319 Neo even when the Falcon is even airworthy.
The Defence Minister, Mr Dominic Nitiwul made these remarks when he was answering a question filed by the Hon Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, in finding out whether the Presidential jet (Dassault Falcon-9G-EXE) is in good condition and considered air-worthy.
The Ranking Member on the foreign affairs committee and MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa in a press briefing had noted that the minority is not satisfied with the answers given by the Defence Minister concerning the President’s recent travels with the most expensive and luxurious Presidential aircraft to France, Belgium and South Africa.
Mr Okudzeto explained that Ghana’s Presidential jet is in a good condition as it was established by the Defence minister since the President and his crew could have travelled with it without any challenges.
The North Tongu MP described the response from Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul as an insult to Ghanaians administered make any sense.