Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, MP for North Tongu has commended President Nana Addo Dankwa-Akufo-Addo for flying a commercial flight to the Dubai Expo 2020.
The North Tongu MP has in recent times chastised the president for flying in luxurious private jet on international assignments at the expense of the tax payer amidst the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the country’s economy.
Ablakwa said Akufo-Addo’s gesture to fly First Class on Emirates has saved the Ghanaian taxpayer an impressive US$468,000.00. That is equivalent to a staggering GHC3,306,139.20.
“I sincerely applaud President Akufo-Addo for flying commercial to the Dubai Expo as he left Ghana yesterday,” Ablakwa posted on Facebook.
“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 profound expense to the suffering Ghanaian taxpayer,” it added.
Akufo-Addo attends Dubai EXPO 2020
Akufo-Addo on Monday (7 March) left Accra as the leader of Ghana’s delegation to the Dubai Expo 2020.
The expo aims to forge new partnerships and inspire ground-breaking solutions across key industries worldwide. It also seeks to raise awareness about the worldwide issues that mankind faces. It provides several possibilities for networking and the promotion of international connections. Individual pavilions will be set up at Expo 2020, with countries exhibiting their unique cultures and technical innovations.
President Akufo-Addo will deliver a statement on “Ghana Day”, scheduled for 8 March 2022; hold bilateral talks on matters of mutual interest with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; participate in a Business Forum under the auspices of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC); and hold meetings with other investors interested in doing business in Ghana.
Akufo-Addo was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey; the Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, and officials of the Office of the President and Foreign Ministry.
Akufo-Addo is scheduled to return to Ghana on Thursday (10 March).