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Ablakwa Lauds Akufo-Addo For Flying Commercial To Dubai Expo

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The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has expressed satisfaction with President Akufo-Addo’s decision to travel to the Dubai Expo on a commercial flight.

“From our unimpeachable and impeccable tracking, this is the first time in at least a year, President Akufo-Addo has jetted out of the continent without using a profligate and sybaritic charter at a profound expense to the suffering Ghanaian taxpayer,” the MP said in a post on Facebook.

Mr. Ablakwa had been a critic of President Akufo-Addo’s use of chartered flights for international trips.

In 2021, he filed urgent questions demanding disclosure of the full cost of President Akufo-Addo’s foreign trips without the use of the official presidential jet.

“President Akufo-Addo who has defiantly flown on ultra-luxurious chartered executive jets for all his trips outside Africa since May last year deserves some credit for finally listening to an outraged public and surrendering to legitimate patriotic pressure from struggling Ghanaians reeling under an economy in tatters,” he said.

Mr. Ablakwas noted that flying commercial was even more frugal than using the presidential jet and “presents a more frugal alternative and may help remind Ghanaians that this is a president who once promised to protect the public purse.”

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The MP also said pressure from Ghanaians contributed to the President’s new transport arrangement.

“But, of course, the biggest credit must go to the overwhelming number of Ghanaians who have been unwavering and relentless in fighting and resisting the blatant, unconscionable dissipation of our taxes just to satisfy the president’s lavish fantasies.”
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I sincerely applaud President Akufo-Addo for flying commercial to the Dubai Expo as he left Ghana yesterday.
When our elected officials finally exhibit good judgment, even if it took great struggle from us, we should be courageous and objective to acknowledge their penitent conduct.

From our unimpeachable and impeccable tracking, this is the first time in at least a year, President Akufo-Addo has jetted out of the continent without using a profligate and sybaritic charter at a profound expense to the suffering Ghanaian taxpayer.

 

President Akufo-Addo who has defiantly flown on ultra-luxurious chartered executive jets for all his trips outside Africa since May last year deserves some credit for finally listening to an outraged public and surrendering to legitimate patriotic pressure from struggling Ghanaians reeling under an economy in tatters.

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By commendably opting to fly First Class on Emirates and avoiding another extravagant charter, President Akufo-Addo has saved the Ghanaian taxpayer an impressive US$468,000.00. That is equivalent to a staggering GHS3,306,139.20.

 

So, instead of doling out another colossal installment of 3.3million Ghana Cedis to a European company, we get to keep it in Ghana, and hopefully, use it for something more prudent.

It is important to bear in mind that Global Jet Luxembourg, operators of the President’s favourite flying toy — the Boeing 737-97YER(BBJ3), registered LX-DIO, had earlier informed their clientele that due to prevailing global economic conditions, beginning this month of March, it would now cost approximately US$18,000.00 per hour, and no longer US14,000.00 to rent the ultimate flying symbol of obscene ostentation.

 

For the first time in about a year, the LX-DIO is resting at the Paris–Le Bourget Airport when it’s the most devoted passenger is on official travels outside the African continent. This is why the latest conduct by President Akufo-Addo is both significant and most refreshing, as we pray it is not a fluke but a permanent change in conduct. Even if he refuses to use Ghana’s Presidential Jet, this option presents a more frugal alternative and may help remind Ghanaians that this is a president who once promised to protect the public purse.

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But, of course, the biggest credit must go to the overwhelming number of Ghanaians who have been unwavering and relentless in fighting and resisting the blatant, unconscionable dissipation of our taxes just to satisfy the president’s lavish fantasies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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