Gabby Otchere-Darko, a leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has defended President Akufo-Addo’s luxurious trip to UK and Germany.
This comes after Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa revealed that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo spent a whopping Ghc3.46 million on a private jet on his recent trips to England and Germany.
After massive public outrage over the president’s decision to spend over 2.4 million Ghana cedis in May on private jets, the North Tongu MP has alleged that the president in his recent trips rented another luxurious jet which cost the taxpayer over £15, 000 an hour.
Ablakwa in a write up on his Facebook page, stated that the total of the president’s recent trips amounts to the colossal tune of US$574,000.00.
“Using the conservative rate of US$14,000 per hour, the two trips to the UK and Germany which requires some 28 hours of travel distance in and out plus an additional 13 hours of pick up and drop off time, the taxpayer has been burdened again to the colossal tune of US$574,000.00. At the current exchange rate, that is a staggering 3.46million Ghana Cedis.”
However, Gabby believes attention should be given to what the President achieved with his trip instead of the cost involved.
He said “the focus of those who seasonally choose to know the cost of everything but the value of little, is on the cost of the flight chartered!”
“Ghana’s President travelled to Germany for a week and returned with 1.5 million vaccines, among other investor-related items. But, of course, the focus of those who seasonally choose to know the cost of everything but the value of little, is on the cost of the flight chartered,” he said in a tweet responding to concerns raised by North Tongu lawmaker Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa regarding the cost of the trip to Germany.