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Prez Akuffo-Addo Hires Another Jet Which Costs £14,000 Per Hour – Hon. Ablakwah Alleges

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Prez Akuffo-Addo Hires Another Jet Which Costs £14,000 Per Hour - Hon. Ablakwah Alleges

The North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, is alleging that President Akufo-Addo hired another luxurious aircraft on his recent foreign trips to the UK and Germany.

According to the NDC legislator, the trips on the hired jet cost the state £14,000 per hour and a cumulative ¢3.46 million.

Earlier this year, Okudzeto Ablakwa stirred controversy when he alleged that President Akufo-Addo hired a private jet at the cost of ¢2.8 million on his travels to France, Belgium and South Africa at the expense of tax-burned Ghanaians.

He filed a question, and Parliament summoned Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, to answer questions on the cost and why Ghana’s own presidential jet was not used.

The Minister justified the president’s decision to rent the aircraft, arguing that the capacity of the presidential aircraft can no longer carry the president’s entourage without re-fueling.

“The decision to travel particularly to long and multiple destinations such as the president travelling to France, Belgium, South African and back to Ghana especially during this covid time will always require a larger capacity aircraft such as a DBKJ or an aircraft ATJ 319 even when the Falcon is air ready,” the Defense Minister told Parliament on June 16.

He told the House that regarding the cost incurred on the trip, the Finance Minister is best to provide those details.

Ken Ofori-Atta appeared before Parliament and noted that questions on the cost and travels of the president will be best answered by the National Security Ministry.

Although the nation is yet to be provided with answers regarding the cost, the former Deputy Education Minister is making a yet allegation.

On Tuesday, the North Tongu lawmaker wrote on his Facebook page called for a national policy on presidential travels akin to what pertains in other jurisdictions.

“For his recent travels to the UK on the 27th of July, 2021, to attend the Global Education Summit and last week’s state visit to Germany, he blatantly refused to travel on the presidential jet.

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“Instead, he opted for another top of the range VIP luxury charter jet specifically known to industry players as the Boeing 737-900ER BBJ3,” he alleged.

According to him, the Luxembourg-based aircraft is registered LX-DIO and operated by Global Jet Luxembourg. Its Manufacturer Serial Number (MSN) is 62515 with Line Number 5659.

“The 19-seater luxury jet which has a HEX code 4D0213 is configured VIP, has 2x CFMI engines and was delivered to the current operators in November 2015.

“Very few luxury jets boast of its features. Its manufacturers say the cabin is divided into multiple sections to guarantee exceptional comfort. It provides a VIP lounge for relaxation, Five-Star dining facilities, Royal Master bedroom, Cinema Room specially delineated for watching movies which is a separate accessory from other in-flight entertainment systems, and of course, just as you predicted correctly, complete with a luxury shower (apparently, the sky bath continues unabated – all royalties paid to Defence Minister, Nitiwul).

“If our government is dealing directly with the operators of the LX-DIO, then it is costing the Ghanaian taxpayer at least $14,000 per hour. However, if our government is leasing the aircraft via brokers or middlemen as it has gained notoriety in many sectors, you shouldn’t be surprised the Ghanaian taxpayer is being billed between $18,000 and $22,000 per hour.

“Using the conservative rate of $14,000 per hour, the two trips to the UK and Germany which require some 28 hours of travel distance in and out plus an additional 13 hours of pick up and drop off time, the taxpayer has been burdened again to the colossal tune of $574,000. At the current exchange rate, that is a staggering ¢3.46 million,” the Facebook post read.

 

Here are some photos of the interior posted by the Hon. Ablakwa;

Prez Akuffo-Addo Hires Another Jet Which Costs £14,000 Per Hour - Hon. Ablakwah Alleges

Prez Akuffo-Addo Hires Another Jet Which Costs £14,000 Per Hour - Hon. Ablakwah Alleges

Prez Akuffo-Addo Hires Another Jet Which Costs £14,000 Per Hour - Hon. Ablakwah Alleges

Prez Akuffo-Addo Hires Another Jet Which Costs £14,000 Per Hour - Hon. Ablakwah Alleges

Prez Akuffo-Addo Hires Another Jet Which Costs £14,000 Per Hour - Hon. Ablakwah Alleges

Prez Akuffo-Addo Hires Another Jet Which Costs £14,000 Per Hour – Hon. Ablakwah Alleges

 

 

 

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NDC’s MPs Vote Against 2022 Budget As Parliament Reject It

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News gathered by GhArticles.com indicates that the 2022 year budget dubbed “Agyenkwa Budget” has been rejected by the House of Parliament.

The budget which was debated on today and voted for had 137 against it and 0 votes for it’s approval.

This means that the new policies introduced by government for 2022 can not be implemented.

In a report filed by Mynewsghana.com, the Minority had requested the Finance Minister to scrape the E-Levy and make provisions for the Ketu sea defense project.

Though members of the majority were absence from the chamber for almost four hours, they came back after a call from the minority to Ghanaians to call on their MPs to part take in the debate and voting.

However, after debating the budget, the Minister of Finance appeared before the house and prayed on the Speaker to put on hold the approval of the budget for further consultation with leaders of both side but was met with rejection as those who said No were approved by the Speaker.

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After the approval on the NOs the deputy majority leader rose up and called out the speaker for not pronouncing the right judgement.

He prayed on the Speaker to rely on ‘Division’ in order 114. Subsequent to the implementation of order 114, the majority walked out of the chamber, after the Speaker ordered ministers who are not MPs to leave the House as stated in order 114.

This led to their side recording zero (0) when the Speaker returned to assume proceedings after recusing the House for 5 minutes. It must be noted that this is the first time a budget is being rejected in the fourth Republic.

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Keep Quiet, Gov’t Is Responding To Pressure To Build More Infrastructure – Information Minister Tells Ghanaians

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Keep Quiet, Gov't Is Responding To Pressure To Build More Infrastructure - Information Minister Tells Ghanaians

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Information Minister has descended on Ghanaians who are criticizing the government over the new taxes introduced in the 2022 budget to aid in building more infrastructure in the country.

According to him, Ghanaians are always on the streets of the country protesting against lack of roads, lack of infrastructure and other issues.

Addressing the Parliament in their recent meeting, the Information Minister said the government is responding to the pressure from Ghanaians to build more infrastructure in the country in the coming years.

He further noted that MPs tell people in their constituency they are going to Parliament to fight for infrastructure for their area and so believes the new taxes will help government to achieve this dream.

“Everyday we demonstrations in all our constituencies asking for more roads, everyday we see more calls on government to spend money on more infrastructure. Mr Speaker the government has responded by making available in the 2022 budget GHS16billion for infrastructure,” Kojo Nkrumah said.

He said this is another good reason for all Ghanaians to support the government’s agenda.

 

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Earlier on GhArticles.com reported that, the government, as part of strategies to widen the country’s tax net, has announced an Electronic Transaction Levy.

It will be a 1.75 percent charge on all electronic transactions.

This fee, according to the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, is to enhance financial inclusion and protect the vulnerable.

Transactions covering mobile money payments, banks transfers, merchant payments, and inward remittances will have the levy imposed on them and will be borne by the sender.

However, the levy will be waived for transactions that amount to GHS 100 or less in a day or approximately GHS 3,000 per month.

The government says portions of revenue collected from the levy will be used to support entrepreneurship, youth employment, cybersecurity, digital, and road infrastructure among others.

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Sky Train In Ghana Not Possible, It’s Was Just A Campaign Promise – Peter Amewu Tells Ghanaians

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Minister of Railway Development, John Peter Amewu, has stated that the government will not be able to build a sky train in the country.

It is impossible for him to do so, according to him;…. On the fringes of the African Investment Forum in South Africa in November 2019, the government, through then-Minister for the Sector, Joe Ghartey, inked a deal for the building of the Accra SkyTrain Project.

The proposed initiative in Accra calls for the construction of five routes, four of which are radial routes that originate at the proposed Sky Train Terminal, which is located at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in the heart of Accra, and one route that provides an intra-city commuter loop distribution service.

The idea called for a total track length of 194 kilometers across all lines.

Following that, the Ghana Railway Development Authority’s management announced that feasibility studies for the projected Accra sky-train project had been completed.

Richard Diedong Dombo, the Authority’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), stated that after reviewing the report, the government will begin implementing the project.

“Instead of being subterranean, the sky trains travel on an elevator platform. They’ll be sprinting over Accra’s cityscape on platforms. It will be a local train rather than an intercity train. The visibility studies have been finished, and the contract is currently being evaluated before it is signed,” he stated in a Citi News interview.

However, current sector minister John Peter Amewu stated on Citi TV’s Face to Face show on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, that the government will not proceed with the sky railway project.

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The government, he claims, will not be able to support the project since it is capital intensive.

“The sky train we’re talking about is one that will operate on columns in the sky, similar to those seen in Dubai, but no agreement has been inked.”

“It’s not possible right now.” I don’t think a sky train will be built in the next 3-4 years. There will be no Sky train service in the country. “It’s impossible.”

He also stated that the government’s ability to fund the building of some of the projects that have already begun is becoming a challenge.

“Rail construction takes a long time and requires a lot of money. In terms of building an asphaltic road, a kilometer of railway line costs about four to five times as much as a kilometer of concrete infrastructure.”

“So, given the budgetary space that we have in the country, the government’s ability to absorb it is becoming a challenge, and you know our current debt to GDP ratio is above 70%.”

 

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