Stop criticising Akufo-Addo’s trips; value the benefits – Sam Okudzeto

Member of the Council of State, Samuel Okudzeto says the constant attacks on President Akufo-Addo over the cost of his travels is not productive for the country.

Speaking to JoyNews’ Kwesi Parker Wilson, he argued that the citizenry spends more time criticising the travels rather than looking at the benefits derived from them and their impact on the country.

“When he was going to Germany, there was hue and cry. ‘Why is he traveling? He takes these expensive planes? It cost so much per day.’ People do not understand what diplomacy is all about. Diplomacy is an expensive process, but there are always benefits.”

“The President cannot sit down there in the Jubilee House and think all these [benefits] will just be coming to us.  I don’t think it (attacks) is productive and helps the country,” Mr Okudzeto said.

The Council of State member added that despite the impact of Covid-19 on economies all other Heads of State are traveling to other diplomatic gatherings which could help revive economies among others.

“He (President Akufo-Addo) was invited by the people so he has to go. We spend more time criticising than sometimes looking at the benefit that comes to us because we don’t even study the system,” he said.

His comment comes after Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa revealed he is set to file another urgent question in Parliament to demand full disclosure on the cost of the President’s foreign travels.

The Ranking Member on Foreign Affairs Committee alleged that President Akufo-Addo’s three recent foreign trips cost the taxpayer a whopping GH₵10 million.

Mr Ablakwa, in his latest submission, is accusing the President of chartering a luxurious jet costing the taxpayer GH₵3.7 million for his current trip to the United States.



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