The North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has accused President Akufo-Addo of ostentatious spending even as the country goes through economic hardship.
According to Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, per his findings and calculations, the President spent £345,000, i.e. ¢2,828,432.80 at the current exchange rate in flight cost during his nine-day visit to France, Belgium, South Africa, and back to the country.
“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 May 25, 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, that is a staggering ¢2,828,432.80.”
According to him, “President Akufo-Addo [who] has been a leading voice for debt forgiveness in the international arena has been imposing additional regressive taxes back home, with the justification that the economy isn’t in a good shape.”
“Sadly, he consistently fails to lead by example in a period of austerity where his government is appealing to struggling public sector workers to lower wage increase expectations,” Okudzeto Ablakwah said in a recent opinion piece circulated to the media.
Samuel Okudzeto’s concerns stems from President Akufo-Addo’s decision to charter a “top-of-the-range luxury aircraft” rented by Acropolis Aviation at £15,000 per hour.
This, he described as outrageous since Ghana already owns a Presidential aircraft, which is in perfect working condition.
He added that should the President have traveled on the Presidential jet instead, “it would have cost Ghana less than 15% of this 2.8million Ghana Cedis.”
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