The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, is expected to brief Parliament on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, about the cost of President Akufo-Addo’s recent trips to Europe and South Africa.
This was raised by the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Okudzeto Ablakwa, who filed two urgent questions on the use of a private jet for the trips.
“I hope that the Finance Minister will be candid, transparent and unimpeachably sincere with the House after the rigmarole,” Mr. Ablakwa said in Parliament last week.
Mr. Ofori-Atta will also be expected to answer a question by the MP for Dormaa East, Paul Twum-Barimah, on the air travel expenses of all charter flights of former President John Mahama between the periods of 2013 and 2016. On June 1,2021, the first part of Okudzeto Ablakwa’s question dealt with the competence of the presidential jet, and he was answered accordingly by the Minister for Defence, Dominic Nitiwul.
On the same day, Mr. Ofori-Atta was expected to account for the cost, but Mr. Ablakwa claimed that could not happen because the Minister had requested for more time to present to the House on the cost of the president’s trips. The question was subsequently taken off the Business Statement of Parliament, although the Minister had about two weeks earlier to prepare his reply.
Ablakwa was upset by the turn of events and threatened to initiate a vote of censure against Mr. Ofori-Atta if he continues to delay his appearance before the House to render accounts.
He had also accused the Majority side of the House of shielding the Finance Minister from answering his question.