The Jubilee House has denied claims by North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, that the President hired another luxurious aircraft on his recent foreign trips to the UK and Germany.
Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin on Tuesday insisted President Akufo-Addo didn’t use a Luxembourg-based aircraft registered LX-DIO as alleged by the NDC lawmaker.
“Let me put it on record that the Member of Parliament for North Tongu who made this disclosure put out the information that the President travelled on a jet with the number LX-DIO.”
“I travel with the President on every single trip and on the trip to the UK first, for the Global Education Summit, and subsequently to Germany, the President did not use this jet. I don’t know where he got his information from.”
The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has launched a crusade for a national policy on presidential travels following another allegation of a whopping Ghc3.46 million spent on a private jet by the President during his recent trips to England and Germany.
Ablakwa incensed by President Akufo-Addo’s continuous use of VIP charter jets for his European trips said such a policy is critical to avoid the wanton abuse of discretion by President Akufo-Addo at the expense of the suffering taxpayer.
The North Tongu MP revealed: “Using the conservative rate of US$14,000 per hour, the two trips to the UK and Germany which requires some 28 hours of travel distance in and out plus an additional 13 hours of pick up and drop off time, the taxpayer has been burdened again to the colossal tune of US$574,000.00. At the current exchange rate, that is a staggering 3.46million Ghana Cedis.”
This comes on the heels of the massive public outrage over the president’s decision to spend over 2.4 million Ghana cedis in May on private jets.
Ablakwa insists this episode of President Akufo-Addo’s alleged profligacy will surely be subjected to “surgical scrutiny” by the NDC caucus in Parliament when the august House resumes.