The Member of Parliament for Dormaa East, Paul Apreku Twum-Barimah, has filed an urgent question in Parliament asking the National Security Minister to make available the cost of chartered flights used by former President John Dramani between 2013 and 2016.
Mr. Twum-Barimah had already filed question on former President Mahama’s travels, which he says was necessary to establish over the period how much it has cost the country in terms of its presidents’ use of charter flights.
According to him, this will help the country take a decision on whether there is the need to buy a new presidential jet or to allow presidents to continue using private jets.
“I’ve filed the question to understand how much it cost this country between 2013 and 2016 when our president was on a series of travels moving on charter flights… I believe that it is important that we look at the situation and do a proper comparative analysis. If we are able to know the cost over the period up to this time, we will understand what position we should take, whether or not we should buy a new aircraft,” he said.
“My aim is that as a country we need to make a decision, but we can only make the decision if we have proper data,” he added.
His question comes on the back of a similar question asked by NDC MP for North Tongue Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa asking the Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta to make available to parliament the cost of the chartered flights for the President’s foreign travel.
This was after the Defence Minister answered the first part of the question on the airworthiness of the presidential jet.
But the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, appearing before parliament observed that the Minister for National Security is best placed to provide the house(Parliament) with details of the cost of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s recent foreign trips. He argued that the President’s domestic and international travels are issues of the National Security Ministry and not the Ministry of Finance