Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has lavished unending praises on First Lady of the land, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, for using Ghana’s Presidential jet for the same event that the husband, President Akufo-Addo chattered over GHc4million worth of luxurious private jet.
According to the Ranking Member on Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee in a social media post sighted by Awake News, he was overwhelmed with the First Lady’s motive behind the use of the presidential jet for her trip to Rwanda.
“I must, however, commend First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo for honourably flying to Kigali aboard Ghana’s Presidential Jet which took her some 4hours and 49minutes.” – the former Deputy Education Minister said
“Her confidence in Ghana’s Presidential Jet is refreshing and deeply admirable. Ghanaians are exceedingly proud of her,” – he added
Rebecca Akuffo Addo is now in Rwanda attending an international summit.
The first lady arrived during the day on June 22 and was accompanied by the President of the republic who chattered a very ultra-luxurious Presidential Jet.
The North Tongu MP in the same post alleged that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had once again resorted to the use of ultra-luxurious jets for trips outside the country.
Ablakwa accused the President of insensitivity, recklessness, and undue profligacy on his current trip, adding that he (Akuffo Addo) had recently accustomed to flying in commercial to the United Kingdom and the United States so why the change of decision to use chattered jet.
He revealed that the ultra-luxurious private jet for the President’s two recent trips to Belgium and Rwanda cost the country a whooping some of €480,000, equivalent to 4.1 million Ghana Cedis to the detriment of the ordinary taxpayers.
“Probably thinking he will escape our unimpeachable surveillance if he switched companies, President Akufo-Addo on this occasion decided to abandon his favorite LX-DIO operated by Global Jet Luxembourg and opted for German-based private jet operator — K5-Aviation.
“As usual, President Akufo-Addo ordered their top-of-the-range and most expensive aircraft in their collection — the Airbus ACJ319. It is registered D-Alex,” his post read in part.
Responding to the cost component of the trips, the North Tongu MP noted that the taxpayer was paying €20,000 per hour for the service. The total jet time of some 21 hours he mentioned amounts to €480,000.
“This luxury monster is costing the Ghanaian taxpayer €20,000 an hour.
“For President Akufo-Addo’s current trip to Belgium and Rwanda beginning Sunday the 19th of June, 2022 to attend the 15th Edition of the European Development Days Forum in Brussels, Belgium, and the 26th Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Nations in Kigali, Rwanda; we can confirm a conservative bill of €480,000.00.
“The 480,000 Euros which is derived from 21 hours of total flight time plus other industry charges works out to some 4.1million Ghana Cedis at the current exchange rate,” his post stressed.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo landed in the Rwandan capital, Kigali in the evening of Wednesday, June 22, 2022 to attend the ongoing Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, CHOGM 2022.
He arrived from Brussels where he attended a European Union summit.
Earlier the same day, postings on Rwandan state media cabals telecast the arrival of First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo who used a Ghana AirForce jet for the journey.
Ablakwa has been vigorously monitoring the president’s travels which he termed as ultra-luxurious , stating that he normally used chartered luxury Presidential jets that cost the tax payer millions of Ghanaian cedis.