The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway has posited that there was nothing wrong for other presidents in West African Sub-region to use Ghana’s presidential jet.
She made the remarks when she appeared before parliament on December 7, 2021 to respond to questions filed by North Tongu MP Okudzeto Ablakwa.
She said Ghana’s foreign policy tenets of good neighbourliness, commitment to regional integration, and the promotion of peace and security were the reasons why Ghana offered its presidential jet to West African leaders.
Some of the leaders who had used the jet are the President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio, and the President of Liberia, George Weah.
She said the use of Ghana’s jet is part of efforts to ensure peace and stability in the sub-region.
According to the Minister, the move goes beyond financial considerations.
“That decision had to be taken in the supreme interest of the West African Sub-region. It was to do with the coup in Guinea and also issues to do with Mali and, of course, the Sahel as well.”
“These decisions are taken because they are necessary. I believe cost is important, but it should take a backstage when the security of a nation is in jeopardy.”