A former Minister of Power Dr. Kwabena Donkor has lashed out at Akufo-Addo’s ministers over the use of the Ghana Gas helicopters, which became the subject of controversy this week.
Dr. Donkor who did not mince words claimed the ministers use the choppers like a mini commercial bus, popularly called ‘trotro’ in Ghana, and was quite surprised about the missing helicopters.
“The paradox is also that since NPP took over several of their substandard 110 ministers have been using these helicopters like trotros all over the country,” the lawmaker commented in the wake of the helicopter controversy.
Dr. Donkor criticised the ruling New Patriotic Party for resorting to cheap political propaganda in an issue which could undermine the security of the country.
“It is a clear demonstration of the substandard nature of this NPP government that they declare missing 4 helicopters that are securely parked in the hangars of the Ghana Airforce at the Air force base in Accra,” he stated.
Ghana Gas has cleared the air over the helicopter storm, saying the choppers are not missing but in the care of the Ghana Airforce.
“The Company wishes to make it known to all stakeholders and the public that on Wednesday, 23rd September 2015, then President, His Excellency, John Dramani Mahama commissioned the four Z-9 EH helicopters at the Air Force Station at Burma Camp.
“The helicopters were to ensure adequate security surveillance of the nation’s oil and gas enclave in the Western Region.
“Four (4) helicopters in total, not seven (7) as reported by some media outlets, were acquired. The said helicopters were procured from China National Aero Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC). The helicopters are currently stationed at the Air Force Headquarters at Burma Camp.
“Ghana Gas does not have the expertise and hangars to operate and maintain the helicopters. The Ghana Air Force, however, possesses such facilities. Ghana Gas, therefore, mandated the Ghana Air Force to operate and maintain them on its behalf. The helicopters are in good working condition and not “broken down” as erroneously reported,” Ghana Gas said in a statement.