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Akufo-Addo has spent GH¢34 million on luxury jet charters in 13 months – Ablakwa details

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Sun, 26 Jun 2022 Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has published what he alleges to be details of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s ultra-luxury-chartered jet travels in the last 13 months.

The lawmaker’s computation pointed to the state having paid the equivalent of GH¢34million to ensure the President enjoyed the service of high-end charters for trips abroad.

Ablakwa who has been at the forefront of tracking Akufo-Addo’s use of charters as against using the functional presidential jet stated in a social media post that the government has serially failed to challenge all the details that he has published.

“Since May last year when in the true spirit of Parliamentary oversight and an onerous duty to check reckless dissipation of scarce taxpayer funds, I began to track and publish all of President Akufo-Addo’s profligate travels by ultra-luxury chartered jets, not a single exposé has been challenged or impeached till this day,” his June 25, 2022 post read in part.

For each of the 13 travels, he published among others, the type of aircraft and operator involved, the route, the travel date and the cost involved – usually quoted in dollars or euros.

“A conservatively estimated total cost of Akufo-Addo’s obscenely lavish chartered trips over the last 13-months which has been paid for by the suffering Ghanaian taxpayer works out to a staggering GHS34million.

“This GHS34million could have been saved because Ghana possesses a functioning Presidential Jet in great condition,” his post added.

He also announced that together with other MPs, a draft Private Member’s Bill to regulate Presidential Travels will be sent to Parliament.

“I hope we shall be successful so that no future president regardless of which political party platform brought them to power would have the unfettered discretion to subject national coffers to such an unconscionable assault. May God help us,” his post concluded.

Highlights of Akufo-Addo's private jet trips between May 2021 - June 2022

Publication: 27th May, 2021

Aircraft: ACJ320Neo operated by Aviation Acropolis

Destination: Akufo-Addo’s trip from Accra-Paris-Johannesburg-Accra

Travel Date: 16th to 25th May, 2021

Cost: £345,000

Publication: 31st August, 2021

Aircraft: Boeing 737- 900ER BBJ3 (LX-DIO) operated by Global Jet Luxembourg

Destination: Akufo-Addo’s trip to UK and Germany

Travel Date: 27th July, 2021

Cost: $574,000

Publication: 21st September, 2021

Aircraft: Boeing 737- 900ER BBJ3 (LX-DIO) operated by Global Jet Luxembourg

Destination: Akufo-Addo’s trip from Accra via The Azores-Houston-New York-Accra

Travel Date: 17th September, 2021

Cost: $616,000

Publication: 12th October, 2021

Aircraft: Boeing 737- 900ER BBJ3 (LX-DIO) operated by Global Jet Luxembourg

Destination: Akufo-Addo’s trip from Accra- Belgrade-Accra

Travel Date: 10th October, 2021

Cost: $588,000

Publication: 17th November, 2021

Aircraft: Boeing 737- 900ER BBJ3 (LX-DIO) operated by Global Jet Luxembourg

Destination: Akufo-Addo’s trip to France

Travel Date: 13th November, 2021

Cost: $314,000

Publication: 11th February, 2022

Aircraft: Boeing 737- 900ER BBJ3 (LX-DIO) operated by Global Jet Luxembourg

Destination: Akufo-Addo’s trip from Ghana- France- Guyana- Germany- France- Belgium- UK- Ghana

Travel Date: 10th to 20th February, 2022

Cost: $776,000

Publication: 3rd April 2022 (“meet-me-there” edition)

Aircraft: Boeing 737- 900ER BBJ3 (LX-DIO) operated by Global Jet Luxembourg

Destination: Akufo-Addo’s trip from Washington- North Carolina-London

Date: 1st April, 2022

Cost: $465,000

Publication: 25th June 2022

Flight: ACJ319 (D-Alex) operated by K5-Aviation

Destination: Akufo-Addo’s trip from Belgium-Rwanda

Date: 22nd June, 2022

Cost: €480,000

Source: www.ghanaweb.com
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