Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has expressed displeasure over the cost of President Nana Addo’s travel out of the country despite the country facing economic crisis.
The MP has revealed that his findings indicates the President spent £345,000, i.e. ¢2,828,432.80 on his flight alone during his 9-day travel to Belgium, France, South Africa and back to Ghana.
“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.”
The MP bemoaned on how the President resorted to traveling with a top-of-the range luxury aircraft offered by Acropolis Aviation despite the Presidential jet being in 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,” he lamented.
He stressed that had the President traveled with the Presidential jet, it would have cost Ghana less than 15% of this 2.8million Ghana Cedis.
“The irony is that President Akufo-Addo engaged in this fantastic extravagance on his way to France to go beg President Emmanuel Macron for debt cancellation. Needless to add that President MacRon does not travel in such splendor,” he wrote in an opinion piece.
He added that Nana Addo has the greatest taste any Ghanaian President has ever had, but questioned whether his insatiable appetite will be at the expense of the suffering masses.