Minority cautions gov’t to be diligent with purchase of new aircraft

•  Dr. Benjamin KunbuorThe Minority Caucus in Parliament has cautioned the government to be diligent with the purchase of the new aircraft for the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).

The government is in the process of purchasing one C-295 CASA aircraft at an estimated cost of 33 million euros for the GAF for their peacekeeping operations.

Consequently, the government, through the Minister of Defence, Dr Benjamin Kunbuor, presented a purchase agreement between the government and Airbus Defence and Space SAU for the acquisition of aircraft, to Parliament for approval.

Immediately after the agreement was laid on the floor of the House and referred to the Committee on Defence and the Interior, the Minority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, urged the government not to hide anything from the committee perusing the contract.

“I do not have anything against it. Just to emphasise that we have seen this before in this House. To avoid any controversies, we want the details to be given to the relevant committee. We do not want any rush work as far as this matter is concerned,” he said.

He said the situation that occasioned the setting up of a committee by the President, should not occur again and urged the government to be transparent in the contract.

“We want all information to be available for diligent work to be done. Every bolt and nut should be made available to the committee,” he said.

However, the Speaker, Edward Adjaho, urged the members to allow the work to start soon and refrain from pre-empting the matter.

He said the contract had just been laid on the floor, and that it was important for the members to be patient until the committee presents its report.

The committee is expected to study the contract and present its report to the plenary for approval

In another development, the Chieftaincy (Amendment) bill was read for the second time in the House. The House also debated on the President’s Sessional Address.

By Yaw Kyei

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