General News of Sunday, 30 September 2018
Information Minister designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah at a press briefing confirmed reports by Ghanaian media about a near disaster during President Akufo-Addo’s return trip to Ghana from Washington in the United States. There were reports that the presidential jet developed some altercations shortly after takeoff.
According to him the incident occurred after one of the engines of the aircraft went off few minutes after takeoff on their way to Ghana from Washington.
Mr. Oppong Nkrumah said “after about 20 minutes into the flight from Washington to Accra, the aircraft developed a challenge with one of its engines. And the pilot informed the passengers including the President accordingly. A decision was made to land the aircraft in Washington Dallas airport, but they first required about one hour of flight to dispose of some of the fuel that was on board.”
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah also added that “subsequently, the flight landed safely at Dallas Airport in Washington and the President and his delegation got onto a commercial flight, a South African Airways flight and arrived in Accra at 8:00 am this [Sunday] morning. The trip was successful all in all,” he added.
He went on to tell the press about the President giving the outstanding leader’s award and the project agreement which was signed between the Government of the Republic of Ghana and the United Nations Office for Project Services.
The Minister designate explained that the agreement will lead to about 100,000 affordable homes in Ghana through a joint venture between the United Nations organization and the Government of Ghana.