Five aircraft for military purposes only – Defence Minister

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General (rtd) Joseph Henry Smith, Ghana's Minister of Defence
The Minister for Defence, General Joseph Henry Smith (retd) says government’s decision to purchase five new aircraft is for military use only. He said it is not true that one of the aircraft will be committed to the used of President J.E.A. Mills.

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Speaking on Asempa FM’s current affairs talk show, Ekosii Sen, the Minister for Defence said the Ghana Armed Forces needs to be well-equipped to be able to meet security demands as government seeks to achieve a better Ghana.

He said the GAF presented to government an outline of its equipment base which it says needs to be improved to help them in the discharge of their duties.

According to the minister, Ghana was losing a lot of funds to international bodies such as the UN because the country does not have the resources to take care of all of her security needs. He hinted that two of the aircraft will be used for international and internal assignments.

Gen. Smith said preparations for the exercise have been made for the past two-and-half years in consultation with all the agencies involved. However, he said rumours that the prices of the aircraft are accessible on the internet are false.

He said that though government is committed to making life enjoyable for every Ghanaian, national security remains a topmost priority.