The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has revealed that the Government of Ghana spent GHS 948,500 to rent a private jet to bring MP for Dome Kwabenya, Sara Adwoa Safo to Ghana in a bid to vote on the controversial E-levy.
The amount, the Ranking Member on Foreign Affairs Committee, indicates was $140,000 was spent on a chartered flight to transport Madam Safo and some MPs from the US to add up to the numbers of the Majority while the E-levy was being debated in Parliament.
Sara Adwoa Safo who had been on leave in the US for some months was flown into the country to cast her vote to ensure that the bill was passed, Ablakwa noted.
Speaking to Mugabe Maase on Inside Politics on Power FM, Ablakwa stated that per his findings, the airline hired by the government was a Gulfstream G-550 registered HB-JOE operated by Premium Jet AG based in Belgium.
“Carrying her to the country cost $4,800 per hour,” he added.
Throwing more light on the issue on his Facebook wall Ablakwa stated that “With an 11-hour flight distance, payment of reposition fees (as it flew from Belgium to pick her up in the States), payment of one-way fees (as the business jet flies back home empty), crew per diem fees, landing and wait-time fees; it cost a staggering $140,000.00. At today’s exchange rate, that is ¢948,500.00.”
Ablakwa wondered why the Akufo-Addo administration, which is urging Ghanaians to tighten their belts in the face of economic crisis, will spend such an amount on Adwoa Safo at the expense of “the obnoxious E-Levy,” which is expected to bring the country about GHS 7 billion.
He condemned the act and said, “imagine what our country can do with ¢1 million in the midst of our economic challenges, NABCO demonstrations, and labour agitations?”
Below is his post;