It is emerging that it was Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, who ordered a question on President Nana Akufo-Addo’s foreign trips to be deleted from Parliament’s order paper Thursday.
Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudjeto Ablakwa, had asked an urgent question demanding accountability from the government on President Akufo-Addo’s recent foreign trips.
XYZ Parliamentary correspondent Princess Arita Anim reports the question had been advertised in the provisional order paper, Wednesday, to get Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Attah, to disclose how much the Akufo-Addo government spent in renting a private jet for his trip to France, Belgium, and South Africa.
She reports Ablakwa raised another question on the matter but was not given the attention by the second deputy speaker, Andrew Amoakoh Asiamah, who had taken over from Speaker Alban Bagbin.
“Coming to the House today and looking at the order paper, the question that was advertised for the Honourable Minister responsible for Finance on the cost of the President’s recent trip to France, Belgium, and South Africa is conspicuously missing on today’s order paper and Mr. Speaker, I am wondering what is the cause of this rather strange development,” he said on the floor.
Later, it emerged that Ofori-Atta who came to Parliament Thursday afternoon begged for some time to be able to render account on the president’s foreign trips that have stoked controversy in the country.
This comes after Defense Minister, Dominic Nitiwul justified the decision of President Akufo-Addo to charter a private jet that costs £15, 000 per hour private for his recent trips.
The MP for Bimbila who was answering an urgent question on the floor of Parliament filed by North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa on why the president had to spent so much on his trips, said the jet bought by the Ghanaian taxes is not fit for purpose.
“In fact, the president would also have to go a day ahead because no president can shower in this aircraft. He cannot move from this aircraft straight into a meeting,” Nitiwul disclosed.
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Minority Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, has chided Ofori-Atta for asking for a little time before he could brief the House.