Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Niger show off presidential jets at ECOWAS summit in Accra

Ghana's presidential jetGhana’s presidential jet

• Some countries within the ECOWAS sub-region showed off their presidential jets in Ghana

• Ghana’s presidential jet has been described as the smallest and oldest compared to its neighbours

• ECOWAS held its 59th Ordinary Session in Ghana

Some countries within the ECOWAS sub-region showed off their presidential jets when they arrived in Accra for the 59th ordinary session of the Authority of Heads of States and Governments.

Asaase radio described Ghana’s presidential jet as the smallest and oldest after the station gained access to the tarmac of Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

This comes weeks after widespread condemnation of President Akufo-Addo who flew in a hired luxurious £15,000 per hour jet to France and South Africa.

Nigerian airliner

Muhammadu Buhari, the Asaase Radio report stated, travelled to Ghana for the ECOWAS summit in a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) 737.

The plane has a capacity of between 25 and 50 passengers.

“It has a master bedroom, a bathroom with showers, a conference/dining area and a living area, along with state-of-the-art security equipment for the safety of the Nigerian president. The aircraft is known as “Eagle One” and is marked NAF-001. The BBJ 737 is believed to cost between US$90 million and US$150 million,” the report said.

Aside from the BBJ, Geoffrey Onyeama, the Nigerian minister of foreign affairs, who travelled ahead of the Nigerian president for the ministerial sessions arrived in a Gulfstream V-SP, which is part of the fleet of aircraft available to the Nigerian presidency.


The Nigerian presidential jet, Eagle One


The jet used by the foreign minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Côte d’Ivoire’s jet

Alassane Ouattara, the President of La Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana’s immediate neighbour to the west, arrived in an Ivorian presidential jet, Airbus 319.

This Airbus 319 has a capacity of between 124 and 146 passengers and it belongs to the Airbus A320 family.

It is a short-to-medium-range, narrow-body, commercial passenger twin-engine jet airliner manufactured by Airbus.


Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential jet

Nigérien flight

Mohamed Bazoum, the Nigérien president, travelled to Ghana for the ECOWAS summit in a Boeing 737-700.

The aircraft provides its users with superior reliability, fuel efficiency and high-value returns.

The aeroplane can carry at least 126 passengers or at most 149 passengers.


The Nigérien presidential jet taxiing off at Kotoka international airport

Background

There is an ongoing debate about President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo flying a luxurious £15,000 per hour jet recently for a trip abroad.

According to MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the president ditched Ghana’s Presidential Jet, the Falcon, for the ACJ320neo even though the Falcon is in a good shape and could have enabled the president to make his trip abroad.

The MP alleged that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, spent an amount of GHS 2.8 million on his recent travels to only South Africa and France using the services of that private jet.

“The Airbus ACJ320neo owned by Acropolis Aviation based in Farnborough, UK and registered as G-KELT, is the most luxurious and the most expensive in the Acropolis fleet. The manufacturers describe it as “the most outstanding ambassador for Airbus Corporate Jets.

“It costs the Ghanaian taxpayer approximately £15,000 an hour when President Akufo-Addo rents it,” the legislator alleged in a post on Facebook.

He accused the President of wasting the money “to satisfy his insatiable appetite and comfort at the expense of the suffering masses”.

“Let’s further analyze President Akufo-Addo’s latest trip to Europe: per Flightradar24, the G-KELT aircraft left Accra with the President to Paris on the 16th of May — a 6 and half hour duration. Airlifted the President from Paris to Johannesburg for 11 hours on the 23rd of May.”

“Then Johannesburg to Accra on the 25th of May was a five and half hour flight. This gives us accumulated flight travel of 23 hours; so at £15,000 an hour, it thus cost us a colossal £345,000. At the current exchange rate, that is a staggering GHS2,828,432.80,” the post read further.

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