Using calculators and with the help of diagrams where necessary, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has drafted four exams questions that he believes President Akufo Addo and NPP should answer and submit their answers to parliament for marking. The Presidency issued 9 pages of statement in response to Okudzeto Ablakwa’ s claims that President Akufo Addo has blown away GH¢34 million of taxpayers money on hiring of private jets alone.
However, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa claims it is offensive and abominable that after 9- pages of two long- winding statements, Ghana’ s Presidency refused to address and answer the following questions.
1)The Cost Of Akufo- Addo’ s Arabian King Travels?
Hon. Okudzeto Ablakwa has alleged that ” a conservatively estimated total cost of Akufo- Addo’ s obscenely lavish chartered trips over the last 13- months which has been paid for by the suffering Ghanaian taxpayer works out to a staggering GHS34million.
This GHS34million could have been saved because Ghana possesses a functioning Presidential Jet in great condition” . However, the Presidency has denied spending such an amount of money on Akufo Addo’ s travels.
If that is so, the MP is asking all Ministries in charge of travels including the Finance Ministry, Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Ministry of Defense to provide answers to Ghanaians how much they have spent so far on private jets if his claims are false. According to him, every figure stated in his post were sourced from the jet companies themselves. Unfortunately they are claiming he’ s peddling falsehoods so the question is how much is the cost? he questioned.
2) Who Advised The President Not To Use The Presidential Jet For Long- Haul Travel?
Secondly, the governing New Patriotic Party through the Director of Communications at the Presidency issued a statement some months ago that His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo is hiring private jets because our presidential jet is faulty. To his surprise, First Lady Rebecca Akuffo Addo used leads to his second- question that which expert advised them that Ghana’s Presidential Jet is not safe.
In his opinion, that was just a lie created by the New Patriotic Party to justify their spending spree. He dared the New Patriotic Party to tell Ghanaians who exactly advised the President not to use the Presidential Jet for long- haul travel and what actually is wrong with the jet that cannot be used.
3) Why The Choice Of The Most Expensive Jets In The Fleets Of The Luxury Aviation Companies So Far Contacted?
Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa moved on to reveal that whenever His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo is about to hire a private jet, he always selects the most expensive one available in the said company. Giving a classical example of this expensive choice, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa alleged that ” as usual, President Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo ordered their top-of-the-range and most expensive aircraft in their collection- the Airbus ACJ319 for his latest trip to Belgium. Being a more expensive luxury carrier,
This luxury monster is costing the Ghanaian taxpayer€20, 000 an hour.
The 480,000 Euros which is derived from 21 hours of total flight time plus other industry charges works out to some 4.1 million Ghana Cedis at current exchange rate.
Even after rejecting Ghana’s Presidential Jet, he believes the President could have still chosen a brand that’s cheaper than what he has been hiring. To him in particular, he does not understand why the President has to always choose the most expensive ones or is there any possible rey?
4) Why Is Government Refusing To Account To The People’s Representatives in Parliament?
One several occasions, the North Tongu MP has called on Government to account for expenditure on private jets in Parliament where the finance Minister always plays hide and seek. Aside that he has given them platform on social media and other television and radio stations to give account. He has even offered the Ministers of Finance, Defence and National Security golden opportunity upon which they all failed.
Up till now, his last probably the most important question to His Excellency Nana Akuffo Addo and the New Patriotic Party is that ” Why is government refusing to account to the people’s representatives in Parliament? ”
Could there be something they are hiding or is there a possibility of loot and share going on.
Although the above questions have been asked, he knows that NPP cannot answer the questions that is why many Ghanaians miss the legendary and inspiring modesty of the Miss/ Mahama era. ” It was the genuine desire of both leadership and the citizenry after the 2008 elections that Ghana did not have to purchase two Presidential Jets- the decision moments, irrespective of what the aristocratic Akuffo presidency thinks ” he said.
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