Ofori-Atta ‘runs’ from Ablakwa’s question on President’s rented aircraft

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The Minister of Finance, Kenneth Ofori-Atta, has requested that Samuel Okudeto Ablakwa’s question on the cost of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-recent Addo’s trip to France, Belgium, and South Africa in a rented aircraft be rescheduled.

The question was submitted by Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, who views the President’s action as “obscene profligacy.”

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In the two-pronged question, the North Tongu Member of Parliament (MP) claimed that the total cost of traveling in that aircraft owned by UK-based Acropolis Aviation was GH2.8 million.

Dominic Nitiwul, Minister of Defence, appeared in Parliament on Wednesday, June 16, to answer his part of the urgent question.

“The decision to travel, particularly to long and multiple destinations such as the president traveling to France, Belgium, South Africa, and back to Ghana, especially during this Covid time, will always require a larger capacity aircraft such as a DBKJ or an aircraft ATJ 319, even when the Falcon is air ready,” said Bimbilla.

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However, on Thursday, June 17, when Mr Ofori-Atta was supposed to appear in the House to answer the question, it was not on the day’s order paper, despite its advertisement on Wednesday.

The matter came up during the discussion of the day’s business, according to Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament Andrew Asiamah Amoako, who presided over the proceedings, and the Finance Minister requested a rescheduling of the question.

“All right, Honorable Ablakwa. Mr Speaker, I will persuade you that the question will be rescheduled and that the Minister of Finance will come and respond to it,” Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu assured.

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