Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, member of parliament for North Tongu, will introduce a private members bill to control presidential travel.
The representative has led a battle to prohibit President Nana Akufo-Addo from utilizing chartered flights for international travel.
According to him, between May 2021 and the present, the President has spent GH34 million in government funds on chartered flights.
Okudzeto Ablakwa has demanded accountability and questioned why the Presidential Jet appears to have been ditched via a series of questions posed on the floor of the Parliament.
The North Tongu representative elaborated to Citi News on the private member’s bill he will soon introduce.
“I am currently leading a team that is drafting legislation to limit presidential travel. I hope that there will be bipartisan support along the way so that we can control presidential travel in Ghana and legally prevent a reckless and insensitive president from wasting money on the struggling Ghanaian people.
The Presidency has stated that Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa’s critiques of President Nana Akufo-recent Addo’s expenditures on plane travel are intended to sow public discontent.
A statement from the administration stated, “Undoubtedly, the Honorable MP’s objectives are not pure, as he only seeks to score cheap political points to provoke public discontent against the President.”
Mr. Ablakwa stated that President Nana Akufo-recent Addo’s trips to Belgium and Rwanda cost €480,000, but the Presidency contradicted this, stating that Akufo-Addo did not go to Belgium on a chartered Airbus ACJ319.
The Presidency further claimed that President Akufo-Addo was forced to take a charter airplane to Kigali due to flight disruptions, but Mr. Ablakwa dismissed these justifications as irrelevant and unacceptable.
Mr. Ablakwa’s reaction has prompted the presidency to release a second statement accusing him of insincerity.
It was stated that Mr. Ablakwa had failed to provide evidence for his new assertions.
“Normally, there would have been no need for a second response to a subject that had already been resolved. “However, the Honorable Member of Parliament’s effort to change the subject and conveniently retreat from words he made on Thursday, June 23, compelled my reaction.”
“He offers no evidence or documented proof to support his €480k expense claim, as he has none.” Again, it is clear that the Honorable Ablakwa views these attacks on the President as his path to political prominence through negative propaganda, and that he is determined to pursue this path regardless of how ridiculous and insulting his statements may be, according to portions of a statement from the presidency.