North Tongu lawmaker Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has raised concerns against the Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta for failing to answer questions relating to the cost of the recent trips by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
In a statement, he said “The entire Parliament of the Republic of Ghana cannot be reduced to a puppet institution that works according to the dictates and the pleasures of Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta.
“In any case, what can be so complex about computing bills already paid for? May I humbly serve notice that if the current contumelious hijack of Parliament by the Finance Minister is allowed to fester, a good number of my colleagues and I will not hesitate to exercise our mandate under Article 82 (2) (b) of the 1992 Constitution to initiate a Vote of Censure on the Finance Minister. Respectfully submitted.”
Mr Ablakwa accused President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of engaging in extravagant travels.
He alleged that Mr Akufo-Addo spent an amount of GHS 2.8 million on his recent travels to only South Africa and France using the services of a private jet.
“The Airbus ACJ320neo owned by Acropolis Aviation based in Farnborough, UK and registered as G-KELT, is the most luxurious and the most expensive in the Acropolis fleet. The manufacturers describe it as the most outstanding ambassador for Airbus Corporate Jets.” It costs the Ghanaian taxpayer approximately £15,000 an hour when President Akufo-Addo rents it”, he alleged in a post on Facebook.
“Let’s further analyze President Akufo-Addo’s latest trip to Europe: per Flightradar24, the G-KELT aircraft left Accra with the President to Paris on the 16th of May — a 6 and half hour duration. Airlifted the President from Paris to Johannesburg for 11 hours on the 23rd of May.”
“Then Johannesburg to Accra on the 25th of May was a five and half hour flight. This gives us accumulated flight travel of 23 hours; so at £15,000 an hour, it thus cost us a colossal £345,000. At the current exchange rate, that is a staggering GHS2,828,432.80”, he posted.
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana