President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo left Ghana for the United Arab Emirates on Monday, March 7, 2022, as the head of Ghana’s delegation to the 2020 Dubai Expo.
Many Ghanaians are surprised by this, given the President’s penchant for flying in luxury on pricey private jets.
Opposition Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, a member of Parliament for North Tongu, has noticed that the president has been utilizing an ultra-luxurious chartered executive aircraft for his international visits for almost a year, from May 2021.
President Akufo-Addo, according to Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, hires Global Jet Luxembourg, a European private jet firm, for such trips and has settled on a Boeing 737-97YER(BBJ3), registered LX-DIO and operated by the company for his international excursions.
While the opposition MP has been criticizing President Akufo-Addo and accusing him of wasteful spending at the expense of the Ghanaian taxpayer for months, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has been complimenting President Akufo-Addo for his trip to Dubai on Monday.
Is the President’s gesture, however, deserving of praise? The response could take one of two types.
First. Yes, because the choice saved an estimated amount of around 3 million Ghana cedis, whatever the reason. This is comparable to the President’s recent use of his normal luxury private jet.
Second, no, because it is something that the President is required to do, especially in these difficult circumstances. The country is broke, according to the President’s financial minister.
We’ve been informed that we need to tighten our belts. E-levy is right around the corner, trying to suffocate us. As a result, the President must demonstrate leadership by reducing wasteful spending.
The pleas for him to take a less expensive mode of transportation have gone unanswered. Until this trip to Dubai, the President had a habit of overspending on his visits. It is long overdue, as much as it is praiseworthy.
In these difficult economic times, the President has simply done what is expected of him. He is not deserving of praise for his responsibility.