A member of Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, complimented President Akufo-Addo for taking a commercial airplane to the Dubai Expo on Monday, March 7.
“This is the first time in at least a year, President Akufo-Addo has gone out of the continent without using a lavish and sybaritic charter at a profound loss to the poor Ghanaian taxpayer,” Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa wrote on Facebook.
Since last year, the MP for North Tongu has denounced the incumbent government’s use of a chartered expensive private plane whenever President Akufo-Addo travels abroad.
He said on February 12 this year that the President spent over GH4 million on his 10-day vacation to Europe and Guyana.
He has accused the administration of squandering taxpayer funds and has urged Ghanaians to hold the government accountable.
Mr Ablakwa, in a recent statement on the subject, urged Ghanaians to be brave and objective in recognizing the government’s repentant behavior “when our elected representatives eventually demonstrate good judgment, even if it took considerable struggle from us.”
“President Akufo-Addo, who has defiantly flown on ultra-luxurious chartered executive jets for all of his trips outside Africa since May last year, deserves some credit for finally listening to an outraged public and yielding to legitimate patriotic pressure from struggling Ghanaians reeling under an economy in shambles,” says the report.
He went on to say, “I really appreciate President Akufo-Addo for flying commercial to the Dubai Expo when he left Ghana yesterday [Monday, March 7].”
According to him, the President saving the Ghanaian public $468,000.00 by taking a commercial airline to Dubai.
“This is the equivalent to GHS3,306,139.20.” So, rather than handing over another gigantic sum of 3.3 million Ghana Cedis to a European firm, we get to keep it in Ghana and perhaps put it to better use.” Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa also mentioned that Global Jet Luxembourg – the Boeing 737-97YER(BBJ3), registered LX-DIO, an aircraft reportedly used by the President for foreign trips – has informed its clients that due to current global economic conditions, renting the “ultimate flying symbol of obscene ostentation” will now cost approximately $18,000 per hour, rather than $14,000.
“For the first time in nearly a year, the LX-DIO is resting at Paris–Le Bourget Airport while its most loyal passenger is on official business outside of Africa,” he continued.
Meanwhile, the MP for North Tongu has urged President Akufo-recent Addo’s decision to be a “permanent shift in conduct” rather than a “fluke.”
Mr Ablakwa stated that “this option presents a more frugal alternative and may help remind Ghanaians that this is a President who previously swore to protect the public purse,” even if the President refuses to employ the country’s official pet.
Although the MP believes the President should be applauded for his initiative, Mr Ablakwa believes the greatest appreciation should be given to Ghanaians as a whole.
They have been “unwavering and unrelenting in opposing and resisting the flagrant, inexcusable squandering of our taxes only to please the President’s opulent dreams,” he said.