A Ghanaian opposition Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has frowned that the recent usage of his country’s presidential jet by President George Weah has raised matters of a double burden on the Ghanaian taxpayer who funds the luxury travels of the President of Ghana and the further expense of another country’s president who chooses to use Ghana’s presidential jet.
In 2008, Ablakwa won his first parliamentary seat at the age of 28 for North Tongu on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and is currently a Ranking Member of Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.
In his latest exposé on alleged flamboyant travel expenditure of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the opposition MP said despite the failure of President Akufo-Addo to use the jet, the Liberian leader had used it twice in a week.
In an earlier write up on Facebook, Ablakwa wrote extensively about Akufo-Addo’s use of a chartered luxury jet, the LXDIO for his recent trip to the United States where he is attending the United Nations General Assembly.
About President Weah’s use of the presidential jet which the Ghanaian government has declared not conducive for long haul flights, Ablakwa wrote: “Rather intriguing, it does appear other Presidents have more confidence in Ghana’s Presidential Jet than President Akufo-Addo.
“While President Akufo-Addo was engaged in his Arabian-King-style cruise on the LX-DIO at our expense, our Presidential Jet was being used by Liberian President, George Weah.
“Our monitoring reveals that President Weah landed at the Roberts International Airport (Robertsfield) in Liberia onboard Ghana’s Falcon at 10:00GMT on 18th September, 2021. It was the second time in the same week the Liberian leader was exclusively using our presidential jet,” he added.
However, the Ghanaian government has confirmed the recent use of its presidential jet by President Weah based on a request to the presidency.
According to the report, a Jubilee House official said President Weah used Ghana’s presidential jet to the September 15 ECOWAS summit that took place in Accra.
“Indeed, the President of Liberia landed on Saturday, 18th of September and landed at the Roberts Airfield, 10am Liberian time. We know this is the second time in a week that the Liberian president is using our presidential jet,” he confirmed on Joy FM’s News Night program on Tuesday, September 21.