A former Chief of Staff under the John Agyekum Kuffour administration has advised that looking at the safety concerns of the Falcon jet, it is imperative that the country considers buying a new jet for the use of our presidents.
Mr. Kwadwo Okyere Mpiani made this remark in an interview on Oman FM’s National Agenda show on Thursday, September 30, 2021, with Gordon Asare-Bediako as host.
“Looking at the safety issues raised about the presidential jet in use, it has become necessary for the country to, as a matter of urgency, consider purchasing a new one for the President and future ones” he stated.
Mr. Mpiani also held that the calls by some members of the opposition National Democratic Congress to use a commercial fligh is untenable today looking at the period we are in with COVID-19 affecting everything.
He also said that President Kuffour found it cumbersome using commercial flights, hence the decision to acquire presidential fleets at the time, a phenomenon which was kicked against by the then opposition National Democratic Congress.
“The use of commercial flights by President Kuffour affected his work a great deal. It was an uncomfortable choice as it affected his schedules. That is why we went in to buy planes, but we were misunderstood” he emphasized.
Mr. Kwadwo Mpiani however advised that looking at the financial situation COVID-19 has plunged the country in, it would be better to negotiate for a jet and pay in installments.
“The monies we use to hire jets or for commercial flights could be used to pay for a new plane if we spread the payments. I am in full support of the decision to acquire a new jet for the Presidency” he concluded.
Arguably the best Chief of Staff in the Fourth Republic, Mr. Mpiani is an authority when it comes to such matters. Ghana’s Falcon has not been in a good shape, prompting discussions about the need to get a new one by experts in the aviation industry.