The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has asked Parliament to inquire from the National Security Minister cost of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s recent foreign trips to France, Belgium and South Africa.
Mr. Ofori-Atta argues that 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 observed that he did not make any specific releases to the Chief of Staff for the President’s trips..
“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.”
“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,” Mr Ofori-Atta said in Parliament on Wednesday, July 21”..
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 the Defence Minister answered the first part of the question on the airworthiness of the presidential jet.
The Finance Minister had delayed in appearing 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 failed to come to Parliament this time 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, 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.