Travel ban on ministers represents chaos and confusion – Ablakwa
Ranking Member for Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa says the temporary travel ban imposed on all government appointees, including ministers epitomizes the height of indiscipline in the governance structure of the nation.
A letter from the Office of the President, dated June 21, 2018, and addressed to all the affected officials, said: “Guidelines in respect of future foreign travels, aimed at minimizing disruption to government’s domestic work, will be communicated to you shortly.”
The letter, signed by the Chief of Staff, Madam Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, added: “The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration is, however, exempted from this temporary ban on foreign travels.”
But in response to the president’s decision, Mr Ablakwa insisted that the move is evident that the Akufo-Addo led-government is in total disarray and confusion.
Speaking on Okay FM in Accra, he stressed that if the chief of staff was discharging her duties professionally, such an embarrassing situation wouldn’t have arisen, let alone come in the public domain.
“I strongly believe something has gone amiss. If Madam Akosua Frema Opare was on top of her game, the matter would have been dealt with in government. As it stands now, it appears the whole government structure is in shambles.
“The situation depicts that of chaos and anarchy in our governance structure. Firstly, a minister must seek permission from the chief of staff anytime he or she wants to travel; so structures already exists,” Mr Ablakwa asserted.
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