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Government is acquiring new presidential aircraft-Defence Minister

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Government is already in the process of acquiring a bigger jet for use,” he said at a press briefing at the Jubilee House on Monday.

Mr Arhin was answering a question on whether the government intended buying a bigger aircraft to accommodate the President and his entourage on official foreign trips as the current presidential jet had proven inadequate for the purpose.

He explained that the move to get a bigger fit-for-purpose aircraft was part of a cost saving measure on the travels of the President and other key state functionaries.

Mr Arhin did not give the specifics of the aircraft deal, but said the Defence Minister would shed light on the development at the appropriate time.

The President’s foreign travels have generated discussions on the airwaves and on social media lately, with some Ghanaians asking why the President has to fly in hired private aircrafts when the country owned a functional presidential jet.

But the Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul told Parliament that the configuration of the current Presidential jet, a falcon 900EX purchased during the era of former President John Kufuor, did not meet the travel needs and security of the President.

“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,” Nitiwul stated.

Former President Kufour before leaving office in 2008, made provisions for the procurement of two aircrafts for the Ghana Air Force, which included a larger jet for use by the President and his delegation on state travels. But the deal was however abrogated by the Mills administration.

According to the Defence Minister, if that arrangement had held, that bigger aircraft would have been deployed for the strategic lifting of troops, and could be reconfigured into presidential jet for the president’s travels to save the country the huge amounts spent for delegation who traveled ahead of the president.

He told a private radio station in Accra that since the cancelation of the deal for acquisition of the bigger aircraft by the Mills administration, the country had spent in excess of USD 50 million on official trips of the government.

Touching on the issues arising from the appointment of Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies Chief Executives (MMDCEs), Mr Arhin dismissed the allegation that some of the MMDCE’s nominated by the President were not originally shortlisted for those positions.

He said the claim by some civil society organisations (CSOs) that about 44 per cent of the MMDCEs were not recommended by the three-member committee that vetted their nominations, and 10 per cent of the nominees did not apply for the positions, was false.

The Communications Director stated that those allegations were based on a supposedly leaked report on the nominees shortlisted for the MMDCE positions.

“I can say on authority that that report was not the report that was submitted to the President,” he said, adding that the President was not bound by any law to resort to any report to hire or fire his appointees.

“He is not bound by the recommendations of any report. He decides what he has to do,” he said, stating emphatically that the President was satisfied with his appointments and unruffled by the threats that some of his appointees would not secure the two-thirds majority votes to gain approval of their local assemblies.

“It is a human institution so we expect that there would definitely be agitations. If at the end of the day, voting is conducted and a nominee is rejected, the President can renominate that person on two occasions.

“If on all the two occasions that person is rejected, the Constitution gives him the power to present somebody else. Agitation is a normal phenomenon of human life,” he said.

Mr Arhin also indicated that President Akufo-Addo had begun a process to assess the work programme of his ministers for the rest of 2021.

He explained that the consultative meeting with the Ministers will ensure they were in tune with the President’s agenda for his second term in government.

Mr Arhin said the President was scheduled to embark on a week’s tour of the Eastern and Ashanti Regions from Friday,
Source:GNA
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Hon. O.B Amoah Threatens To Destroy Shatana’s Property

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Recent news in reveals that Honourable Osei Bonsu Amoah, who is the Member of Parliament for Akuapem South, has threatened to seize a property owned by outspoken musician Shatana.

According to reliable information ganered, it is alleged that the Member of Parliament conspired with a white lady to intimidate and fustrate Shatana and deprive her of what is rightfully hers.

The premise of the issue is that Shatana’s property is opposite a white’s in Oboadeka in the Eastern Region, where they is a water body in between them. It was said that the Hon. O.B was in consent with whatever the white owner did but wants Shatana out of her land when she is doing exactly what needs to be done.

According to eyewitnesses, Hon. OB Amoah and his landguards are terrorizing workers on Shatana’s land, a situation she described as disturbing.

Shatana, on the other hand, is begging the Eastern regional police commander, DCOP Dr. Sayibu Pabi Gariba and the Inspector General of Police, Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, to intercede and call Hon. OB Amoah to order.

Some residents who witnessed the ordeal and recounted their ordeal to Ghvibe.com sponsored by Hon. OB Amoah, and thus called on the GP to intervene as soon as possible.

According to some residents, OB Amoah has stated that if Shatana takes 24 hours to build, he will demolish it in seconds.

“The land guards showed up while we were working on the site.” They took our tools and almost beat us up”, they said.

Shatana is pleading with the IGP to come and investigate the matter so that peace can be restored.

Watch Video Below as presented by residents of the town.

 

Story Source,: kingdomfmonline.com

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Pay bloggers to make you popular instead of contesting Mahama-Kofi Adams to NDC flag bearers.

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NDC Member of Parliament(MP) for Buem constituency, Kofi Adams, has disclosed that it will only be wise for anybody who will decide to contest former President Mahama for the 2024 flagbearership of the NDC to pay bloggers with the campaign money for them to make him or her popular.

Speaking on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ programme, the former National Organizer of the party explained that he cannot understand why somebody would want to contest former President John Dramani Mahama who has already been marketed and known within the party and the country at large.

“This is not the time we will need to do try and error or market a new candidate. Former President John Manhama is tried and tested and has proven that he is very popular in the country. He won over six million votes in the last elections and I don’t think it will be proper for the party to choose a new candidate over him,” Kofi Adams said.

Whiles voicing his support for the idea of potential candidates contesting against the former President for the flagbearer position of the party, Kofi Adams pointed out that it will only be proper and wise for who ever decides to contest him, to spend that money on bloggers so that they can make him popular.

He maintains though he has not heard from Dr. Kwabena Duffour on his decision to contest the former leader of the party, he believes that Dr. Duffour will not make such a grave mistake to contest the man of the moment.

Source:Peacefmonline

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