It’s estimated that it may cost about K128 million, but as Somare said, ‘We are rich enough’, and in defending the purchase he added that ‘it is misleading and irresponsible to tout opinions not based on facts that we are depriving any Papua New Guinean of any essential service through the purchase of this aircraft. With the increase in allocation to all sectors we should be seeing better government services.’
It also appears that the financing for the aircraft will be done through a five year loan repayment. But when Air Niugini CEO, Mr. Kumarasiri was asked on how much it would cost, he answered, ‘…the price is a matter of “Commercial Confidentiality”. Oh okay sorry about that, I didn’t realise that the details of public money being used were so private.
Sometimes its not just a matter of having the money to pay for these things (even though we probably don’t really), but rather what sort message it portrays of our government? Are we counting chickens before they hatch?
If someone out there is still hell bent on getting this jet, then wouldn’t it make more sense that Air Nuigini bought it with their own money and the jet was avilable to anyone for hire so that you can make more money out of the plane instead of it sitting idle until one of a handdful of MP’s decides to go for a cruise somewhere? What’s wrong with the cheap airfares that Air Nuigini and Virgin have been offering lately?