Ranking Member on Parliament’s select committee on Foreign Affairs Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has been left wondering why President Akufo-Addo did not come into power in 2017 after the President spent close to ¢5million expenditure on the rental of a private jet to undertake his 10 day tour.
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has been demanding accountability for the President’s expensive luxurious travels around the world with little results since 2020.
The North Tongu MP told Sena Nombo, the President’s latest tour would cost the country $776,000 because of the President’s preference for ostentation.
In the wake of the battle of the government to pass the E-levy, President Akufo-Addo has ignored calls to ditch his preference for travel by expensive luxurious jet as there was functional less costly Presidential jet at disposal for use for these travels.
The calls come in the wake of the ‘no money’ excuse being put up in defence of the E-levy by government led by the President’s ‘cousin Finance minister’ Ken Ofori Atta.
Ken Ofori Atta has insisted that the levy is crucial to ensuring that government meets its revenue target in order to implement its key policy initiatives.
North Tongu MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwwa however says the President’s ostentatious lifestyle tell a different story.
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa who is one of 137 minority MPs standing in the way of the passage of a bill to pass the Electronic levy into law, believes the minority MPs have taken the right stance.
He said President Akufo-Addo’s lifestyle has strengthened their resolve in the belief that government does not need the E-levy.
The North Tongu MP says government would make a lot of savings if the President and his appointees cut their ostentatious lifestyles.
Story: Sena Nombo/Radiogoldlive.com