The Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin has advised the Member of Parliament for North Tongu Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa to cease the propaganda regarding the presidential jet to avoid further public redicule to himself.
According to Mr. Arhin, no one is using the Presidential Jet in France as purported by the legislator.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Mr. Ablakwa wrote that “I can disclose with absolute certainty and without fear of contradiction that a few days before President Akufo-Addo’s current travel to The Netherlands and France, Ghana’s Presidential Jet — the Falcon 900EX was on Tuesday August 30, 2022 flown non-stop to France for a flight time of 6hours and 24minutes from Accra.
“It is instructive to note that contrary to what Director of Communications at the Presidency, Mr. Eugene Arhin, would want us believe as per his earlier claims that the Presidential Jet is no longer fit to fly direct beyond 6 hours— a dubious claim which now stands discredited; the Presidential Jet on this latest trip was flown direct or non-stop for 6hours and 24minutes to Paris, France.”
However, the Communications Director at Jubilee House replied on Thursday, that “Contrary to the insinuations being cast by the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, no one “used the Presidential Jet to France”, and no one is using the Presidential Jet in France. The only persons who flew the jet to France are the crew made up of pilots from the Ghana Air Force.”
Admitting that indeed, the Presidential Jet departed Ghana on 30th August to France, Eugene Arhin also explained that as indicated by the Air Force, the Presidential Jet will be out of service for a total of four (4) months.
It will return to Ghana and be available for use in December, said Mr. Arhin who recalled that “in May this year, the Minister for Defence, Dominic Nitiwul, alerted Ghanaians to the fact that the Presidential Jet would be flown to France for major repair works to be undertaken on it.”
Mr. Eugene Arhin further urged “Ablakwa to minimize his penchant for engaging in propaganda regarding the Presidential Jet, to avoid further embarrassments to his person.”