Okudzeto Ablakwa Demands Answers On Oppong Weah’s Use Of Ghana’s Presidential Jet
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa is demanding answers to why the President of Liberia, George Weah was allowed to use Ghana’s presidential jet. The Presidential jet was used by Oppong Weah when he attended an Emergency ECOWAS Summit in Ghana on September 15, 2021. In an interview, Mr. Ablakwa said he hopes to get answers
when Parliament reconvenes next month from recess. There is a question targetted at the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration to get her to explain the circumstances under which the Liberian President used our presidential jet and what the terms and conditions were. We want to know if this is an imposition of double
financial burden on the Ghanaian taxpayer where we are also catering for the president’s insatiable ostentatious lifestyle together with the Liberian president. Or was it the case that the Liberian president was made to pay for it? If he was made to pay, how much did he pay? We need answers to all these questions. President Nana
Akufo-Addo has come under fire from the Member of Parliament from the North Tongu, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, who has consistently accused the president of wasting taxpayers money on hiring luxurious jets for his foreign trips instead of using the existing presidential jet. The government had also explained that the current
presidential jet was not convenient for long-hour trips, as it couldn’t also take more numbers and had limited facilities for the comfort of a president. The debate on the presidential jet was also renewed recently after Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa, disclosed that he had filed two other urgent questions demanding disclosure of the full cost of President Akufo-Addo’s trip to the United States. The
Ranking Member had earlier alleged that the president spent an amount of GH¢2.8 million on his earlier travels to only South Africa and France using the services of a private jet instead of the presidential jet. The Finance Ministry, however, avoided question on the expenditure and said that information ought to be provided by the National Security Ministry.