North Tongu constituency representative in Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has alleged President Akufo-Addo’s travels in LX-DIO, a luxurious jet, to the United Kingdom and the United States of America cost US$500,000.
President Akufo-Addo left Ghana on Thursday, March 31, for North Carolina at the invitation of Bishop T. D. Jakes where he delivered keynotes at this year’s International Leadership Summit on April 1, and later travelled to London to launch his flagship tourism drive dubbed “Destination Ghana” and hold bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Upon his return into the country last night, Ablakwa asserts that the President dispatched the expensive jet he rented for his rounds in the US and UK to its destination and boarded British Airways commercial flight back to Ghana.
“In accordance with the “meet-me-there” camouflage, President Akufo-Addo dispatched his favourite obscenely extravagant LX-DIO executive jet back to Paris, France as he returned to Accra last night aboard a Boeing 777-236 (ER) British Airways commercial flight with call sign BAW81 at 8:10 pm”, Ablakwas said in a statement.
Right after the departure of the President for the UK on Thursday, March 31, Ablakwa posted a statement to the effect that “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 cherish ultra-luxury toy- the LX-DIO which now rents for US$18,000 an hour”.
He revealed that the President used a “meet-me-there-strategy” by boarding a United Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamerliner to Washington on Thursday night to meet the rented expensive jet on Friday in the US.
“Before the president landed at 6:40 am at Dulles International Airport in Washington on 1st April, the ubiquitous luxury LX-DIO had landed at the same airport the previous day at 12:27 pm waiting for President Akufo-Addo”, the North Tongu MP said.
He added, “The president kept the LX-DIO with him as he addressed Bishop T. D. Jakes’ summit and then flew aboard the same extravagant jet on 2nd of April 2022 at 9:28 am US time and arriving at London Stansted Airport at 9:40 pm UK time. A flight time of some 7hours 54minutes”.
Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini