Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudjeto Ablakwa’s urgent question demanding accountability from the government on President Akufo-Addo’s recent foreign trips is conspicuously missing in Thursday’s order paper in the law-making chamber.
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 Akufo-Addo 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 he was not given the attention by the second deputy speaker, Andrew Amoakoh Asiamah who had taken over from Speaker Alban Bagbin.
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.
He also indicated the president’s safety accounted for the decision of the government to go for the aircraft that has been described by some Ghanaians as lavish.
It is for this reason Okudzeto Ablakwa filed a question to get the Finance Minister to appear before the House to account to the country how much was spent on the trip of the president which Ablakwa alleged was GHS 2.8 million.