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Stay Away From $130m Presidential Jet Being Sold By Mexico’s López Obrador – Akufo-Addo Told

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Ranking Member on Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has cautioned government against any attempt to purchase the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Presidential Jet on sale by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

 

In a twitter post, Mr Ablakwa noted that government may be inclined to negotiate the purchase of the presidential jet being sold at $130 million due to President Akufo-Addo’s desire to attend his foreign trips in extravagant aircraft.

 

 

 

 

According to Mr Ablakwa, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Presidential Jet “has all the features President Akufo-Addo craves in an aircraft.”

He also noted that the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, indicated that the government is considering acquiring a bigger aircraft for presidential travels in September last year.

 

Mr Ablakwa, therefore, believes government is likely to buy the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

In view of this, the North Tongu MP has urged Ghanaians to call on government to desist from engaging the Mexican government over the purchase of its presidential jet because they would bear the brunt financially.

 

He said Ghanaians should “strongly caution President Akufo-Addo not to entertain any thought of approaching the Mexicans to buy their Presidential Jet considering that his government had earlier announced and defended plans to buy a new so-called “fit for purpose” presidential jet, and particularly seeing that the Mexican configuration is similar to what he has become addicted to in his infamous “sky bath” charters.”

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Mr Ablakwa also told Ghanaians to ensure Parliament serves notice that any such Ghana-Mexico Presidential Jet Purchase Agreement will not be ratified.

Rather than entertain thoughts of purchasing the Mexican presidential jet, Mr Ablakwa has urged President Akufo-Addo to emulate President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who insists on flying commercial, consistent with his policies of austerity and modest leadership; therefore, his decision to sell the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Presidential Jet bought at $218 million by his predecessor.

Meanwhile, the North Tongu MP has advised the Mexican government not to entertain any bid from Ghana.

According to him, such a negotiation cannot take place because Ghana is an unlikely candidate to meet the financial terms because of its “mismanaged economy.”

 

 

 

Read the full statement posted by Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa,

 

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador who took office in December 2018 still refuses to fly the US$218million Boeing 787 Dreamliner Presidential Jet his predecessor bought after criticizing former President Nieto of engaging in obscene ostentation in the abundance of poverty.
Now this is my real fear: President AMLO, as he is widely called in Mexico has put up for sale the ultra-luxury Presidential Jet which has all the features President Akufo-Addo craves in an aircraft; in addition, President AMLO has now reduced the selling price of the jet which comes equipped with a private presidential suite, master bedroom, marble-lined showers, banquet dining facilities and an exclusive cinema room to a tempting US$130million.
Even though President AMLO has announced an unprecedented rental package for Mexicans intending to use the jet bought with their taxes in 2012 for weddings and parties — proceeds he will use to pay for interim maintenance of the jet, he has told the media Mexico is still open to sell the luxurious monster as he insists on flying commercial, consistent with his policies of austerity and modest leadership. This is a profound example in frugal leadership many aviation experts do not take lightly, especially for a Mexican Presidential Jet described by Mashable as the world’s most modern, luxurious and efficient presidential carrier, and not forgetting Canada’s initial spirited but botched interest to buy.
As Ghanaians who bear the brunt financially for President Akufo-Addo’s recently acquired flying taste in vulgar opulence, these should be our preemptive demands:
1) That the sovereign Ghanaian people strongly caution President Akufo-Addo not to entertain any thought of approaching the Mexicans to buy their Presidential Jet considering that his government had earlier announced and defended plans to buy a new so-called “fit for purpose” presidential jet, and particularly seeing that the Mexican configuration is similar to what he has become addicted to in his infamous “sky bath” charters;
2) That the Parliament of Ghana serves notice that any such Ghana-Mexico Presidential Jet Purchase Agreement will not be ratified;
3) That Mexico is herein advised not to entertain any bid from Ghana — particularly as aside having our own Presidential Jet in pristine condition, albeit not of Akufo-Addo’s oligarchic standards, our mismanaged economy makes us unlikely candidates to meet their financial terms.
Hands off Mexico’s Presidential Jet!

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa attached the below images below:

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May be an image of 4 people and text that says 'So, the Boeing 787 plane, which was originally purchased for $218 million, was put up for sale in 2018. However, there have been no takers for the unwanted jet. አአችት Marco Ugarte/Associated Press'

 

 

 

 

 

May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'López Obrador believes it is hard to sell because of its unique, made-to-order design, which only carries 80 people and has a full presidential suite complete with a private bathroom. Marco Ugarte/Associated Press Source: Associated Press'

 

 

 

 

 

May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'In the past, the president has also said he sees the plane as an "insult to the people" and "an example of the excesses" of the nation's former leaders, the New York Times reported. Marco Ugarte/Associated Press Source: The New York Times'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May be an image of 2 people and text that says 'The plane will be parked at Mexico City Felipe Angeles airport and be maintained by a military-led company, the president said. However, the government will still be open to offers. Marco Ugarte/Associated Press'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May be an image of text that says 'According to experts, converting the jet into a300-person passenger airliner would be extremely costly, which may have put off potential buyers. In late 2018, Mexico was trying to sell it to Canada, but the deal never materialized. Marco Ugarte/Associated Press'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May be an image of text that says 'Despite the controversy, Mexico sees the possibility of selling the jet as minuscule. So, the president has decided to rent the plane out for private events instead, like weddings and parties, to cover the aircraft's expenses and maintenance upkeep. ITHOR Marco Ugarte/Associated Press Source: Associated Press'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: MyGhanaMedia.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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