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Social media claims Pres. Akufo-Addo ready to deliver five airplanes to the Aviation Ministry

Claim: Akufo-Addo is set to deliver five airplanes to the Aviation Ministry to bring Ghana airways back to life.

False. Both the Ministry of Aviation and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority have debunked claims of the President delivering airplanes to the Ministry on 29 November, 2020.

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Ghana’s national airline ‘Ghana Airways’ has been out of operations for over 10 years. However, it was reported last year that Ghana had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Boeing for three airplanes to relaunch the national airline. The Ministry of Aviation had also announced offers of partnership being considered for a new airline.

It is perhaps, on this premise that recent posts over the weekend by social media users including a Facebook group advocating for the incumbent government, named NPP Bureau have claimed that President Akufo-Addo would deliver five airplanes to the Ministry of Aviation on Sunday, 29 November 2020. An example of the viral claim shows below as follows:

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The Public Relations Officer for the Ministry of Aviation, Madeleine Insaidoo, debunked the claims with a statement signed by the Minister for Aviation, Joseph Kofi Adda, asking the general public to disregard the claims.

‘This is certainly not true as no agreement has been signed yet with the strategic partner so far identified. This would have to get the consent of Cabinet and Parliament,” the statement reads.

The minister added that,

“It is indeed true that when Cabinet and Parliament finally do respectfully approve and ratify the Partnership Agreement, the new Flag Carrier will commence operations with at least five aircraft. However, we wish to state that the President is not yet delivering the aircraft as those processes have been concluded.’’

Source: Ministry of Aviation

Additionally, Dubawa contacted the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), and the Corporate Communications Manager for GCAA, Eric Amaning, also debunked the claims.

“No, it is not true. To the best of my knowledge, we have not received anything. Those stories are false, they are fake news,’’ Amaning said.

Furthermore, neither the presidency nor any mainstream media has reported on the story or event purported to have been held on Sunday 29 November, 2020. 

Conclusion: 

The posts circulating on social media claiming that Akufo-Addo was set to deliver five airplanes to the Ministry of Aviation on Sunday 29 November, 2020 is false. The PRO for the Ministry of Aviation, Madeleine Insaidoo, and the Corporate Communications Manager for GCAA, Eric Amaning, have both debunked the claims. 

The Minister of Aviation, Joseph Kofi Adda, has also explained in a statement that the processes for the delivery of the airplanes have not been concluded yet, and have asked the public to disregard the claims.

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