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President Akuffo Addo rents luxurious private jet again?



President Akuffo Addo rents luxurious private jet again? 56



The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has once again accused President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of monopolising the luxury LX-DIO private jet after the passage of the controversial E-levy.

Nana Addo's private jet

He alleged that Nana Addo is back to renting his luxurious aircraft.

Ablakwa in a Facebook post said the trips on the hired jet now cost the state £18,000 per hour.

According to him, “Apparently, we were merely deceived; President Akufo-Addo has for the umpteenth time ignored the precarious state of the Ghanaian economy and abandoned Ghana’s US$36million Presidential Jet in favour of his most cherished ultra-luxury toy — the LX-DIO which now rents for US18,000 an hour.”

“President Akufo-Addo couldn’t wait to fly his favourite US$18,000 an hour LX-DIO from Washington where he departed at 10:13 am and arrived at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina at 11:22 am — a flight time of 01:09. It is important to acknowledge that there were more than a dozen available commercial flights with business class tickets not exceeding $700 in value.

“The President kept the LX-DIO with him as he addressed Bishop T.D. Jakes’ summit and then flew aboard the same extravagant jet yesterday the 2nd of April, 2022 at 9:28 am US time and arriving at the London Stansted Airport at 9:40 pm UK time. A flight time of some 7hours and 54minutes.

“At this point, it is unclear if the President will return to Ghana with the LX-DIO on Wednesday or if he would stick to the new deceptive strategy of being seen in the Ghanaian jurisdiction aboard commercial flights while hiding his elaborate chartered arrangements from the prying Ghanaian public.

“It is imperative to note that so far, the Ghanaian taxpayer must cough up an astronomical US$465,000 in luxury rental charges. At the current exchange, that is a scary GH¢3,505,515.49,” he stated.

Ablakwa indicated that the Ghanaian taxpayer spent at least GH¢28.5million on President Akufo-Addo’s ostentatious travels.

“How duplicitous is that for a government that claims to be cutting expenditure drastically in the wake of widespread excruciating hardships and economic mismanagement, and yet our President has the conscience to spend a whopping 3.5million Ghana Cedis attending a church service and a fanciful tourism event in London.

“With this terrible example from the President by attending events at great cost to the taxpayer that cannot be classified as the priority, one wonders how the presidency can enforce its recent ban on ministerial international travels,” he noted.