Seek cost of Akufo-Addo’s foreign trips from National Security Ministry – Ofori-Atta

Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta says the Minister for National Security is best placed to provide Parliament with details of the cost of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s foreign trips.

Mr. Ofori-Atta maintains the President’s domestic and international travels are issues of the National Security Ministry and not the Ministry of Finance.

Answering questions on the floor of Parliament from North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Finance Minister indicated that he did not make any specific releases to the Chief of Staff for the President’s trips to France, Belgium and South Africa.

“Mr. Speaker, the President’s domestic and international travels are matters of National Security. The National Security Minister is best placed to furnish this Honourable House with the details needed.”

“In line with the 2021 judgment implementation instructions, the Ministry of Finance did not release any funds to the Chief of Staff, especially for His Excellency, the President’s trip to France, Belgium, and South Africa,” the Finance Minister.

The Minister further added that although his outfit gives funds to the various agencies, the coordination of the

“The current practice is that the Ministry of Finance releases quarterly funds to the Heads of Department, in this case, Office of Government Machinery, Chief of Staff for all the operational activities of the Office. To facilitate the safe coordination of the President’s travels, domestic and foreign, the Office of Government Machinery and the National Security Secretariat work together to achieve this.”

NDC Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa filed a question in parliament demanding answers from the Finance Minister about the chartered flights for the President’s foreign travel.

This was after he was dissatisfied with the answers given by the Defence Minister on the airworthiness of the presidential jet.

The Finance Minister had been delaying to appear before the House to render accounts of the foreign presidential trips.

Mr. Ablakwa threatened to initiate a vote of censure against the Minister if he fails to come to the Parliament this around.

He had also accused the Majority side of the house of shielding the Finance Minister from answering his questions, but Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo Markin vehemently denied the allegation.

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, had also denied any complicity in the re-scheduling of the question on the cost of President Akufo-Addo’s travels.

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, who is also a Ranking Member on the Foreign Affairs Committee in Parliament had alleged that the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has spent an amount of GHS 2.8 million on his recent travels to only South Africa and France using the services of a private jet.

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If this has been his plan or response all along, how come he was avoiding the question like he was dodging bullets? This minister is worse than Seth Terkper and Osafo Marfo. He thought he is always one step ahead of everyone in this country.

2.8 mill to two countries for the sake of security …they can’t and have no logical explanation so how can they answer the question , how long charley

I keep saying this and I will say it again that ; nothing can be done even if the president abuses his office. We’ve not gotten to the phase of governance where public office holders are jailed for misdemeanor and embezzlement. Stop wasting our ears

The minister for finance is being control by the government. He can’t come out to backlash the actions of the government…they are all involved in the unscrupulous embezzlement of the country’s money. Yet still u see them going to foreign countries for loans. See nonsensical nonsense…