October 21, 2021

GOVERNMENT EXPOSED

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Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has reiterated his concerns about the alleged £15,000 per hour luxury jet the president used for his 9-day tour to some countries

•According to the MP for North Tongu, government’s refusal to respond to his statement only means he was right

• The Legislator has said no amount of insults will stop him from seeking for answers

The Member of Parliament for the North Tongu Constituency, Samuel Okudjeto, has reaffirmed that his allegation of the “flamboyant £15,000 an hour luxury jet affair” involving the President is true and clear.

According to him, government cannot and has until now not been able to clear his findings that government made unnecessary expenditures on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s trips to France, South Africa, and Belgium.

It could be recalled that on Friday, June 4, 2021, the MP in a Facebook post asserted that his side (NDC in Parliament) will demand accountability from the government concerning the alleged £15,000 per hour luxury jet the president used for his 9-day tour to some countries.

Speaking on the GhanaWeb’s ‘The LowDown’ Show with Ismail Akwei, he reiterated that government’s seeming silence on his statements meant officials have been exposed.


“So it is clear that government has been exposed, they don’t have any response. They cannot deny the information I have put out.

Mr Ablakwa believes that the NPP government have effective communicators that could speak or come at him should his allegations be wrong.

“We know that this government have effective communication strategies and so if I had missed a number, if I had overstated the charge or if I had got the aircraft wrong, you know how they would have descended on me.”

Mr Ablakwa furthered that, “it is again clear that they are shocked at the level of detail and the level of information that we secured and put out, adding that he had to resort to insults as a result of the truth.

The Legislator, on how government could have spent less on the recent travels the president embarked on his recent travels, noted on The Lowdown show that predecessors travelled in Ghana-owned presidential aircraft and not private jets that cost the country much.

In his words, former presidents, “John Agyekum Kufuor, John Evans Atta Mills and John Mahama all used to travel in the Ghana-owned presidential aircraft during their period in office” questioning why “Akufo-Addo has decided to abandon the presidential aircraft, causing the country to spend millions of cedis on a private jet.”


The MP is, however, adamant that no amount of criticism will prevent him from seeking the truth.

Below is the face book post

Today marks exactly a week since I published details of President Akufo-Addo’s unconscionable profligate luxury travels to France, Belgium and South Africa at taxpayers’ expense.

Government’s record-breaking dead silence and stonewalling on the ostentatious £15,000 an hour luxury jet affair has been most telling.

In the past, even when we have filed questions in Parliament, it has not stopped Government from issuing statements and speaking to the issues in contention – rightly so, because there’s no provision in Parliament’s standing orders stopping parties from public commentary when a question has been filed.

I do also recall how President Akufo-Addo himself made public pronouncements which many considered prejudicial during the bi-partisan parliamentary enquiry into the cash for seat saga. Similarly, President Akufo-Addo didn’t shy away from “premature commentary” when I raised the infamous Oslo Chancery deal in Parliament.


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