Ghana Gas Helicopter Saga Nana Addo's ministers using Ghana Gas helicopters like 'trotro' - Kwabena Donkor

Dr Kwabena Donkor said he was surprised some of the ministers use the helicopters and yet they say the choppers are missing after former President John Mahama handed over to President Nana Addo.

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A former Minister of in the erstwhile Mahama administration has accused ministers in the Nana Addo government of using the Ghana Gas helicopters like ‘trotro’.

In Ghana ‘Trotro’ is a word used to refer to commercial or public vehicles.

Dr Kwabena Donkor said he was surprised some of the ministers use the helicopters and yet they say the choppers are missing after former President John Mahama handed over to President Nana Addo.

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“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.”

“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.

The co-chair of the Ghana Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (GHEITI), Dr Steve Manteaw who is also a member of the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) first raised the alarm after he claimed a source at Ghana Gas told him they could not trace the helicopters.

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However, Ghana Gas has indicated that the ‘missing’ helicopters are with the military.

In a statement, it said that the helicopters are in good working condition.

“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 helicopters are in good working condition and not ‘broken down’ as erroneously reported. It is worth noting that, there is a helipad at the Atuabo Main Camp,” it said.

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Ghana Gas also denied media reports that seven helicopters were bought for the surveillance services, clarifying four helicopters were bought from China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC) in 2015.

"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 contract to that effect was signed on 21st December 2017. The helicopters are currently stationed at the Air Force Headquarters at Burma Camp."

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