The Director of Communications at the Jubilee House, Eugene Arhin has debunked has that President hired another luxurious aircraft on his recent foreign trips to the UK and Germany.
The claim was made by the North Tongu MP and Ranking Member on the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, that the nation paid GH¢3.4 million for President Akufo-Addo’s recent trips to the United Kingdom and Germany.
“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,” the North Tongu MP wrote on Facebook.
But Eugene Arhin says the information put out by Mr Ablakwa on the Presidents’ recent travel, is false, adding that President Akufo-Addo did not use a Luxembourg-based aircraft registered LX-DIO as claimed by the Member of Parliament.
Speaking to the media at the Jubilee House, Tuesday, he said, “let me put it on record that the Member of Parliament for North Tongu who made this disclosure put out the information that the President travelled on a jet with the number LX-DIO.”
“I travel with the President on every single trip and on the trip to the UK first, for the Global Education Summit, and subsequently to Germany, the President did not use this jet. I don’t know where he got his information from.”
Although he did not give details on the flight President Akufo-Addo travelled on, Mr Arhin stated categorically, that the flight mentioned by Mr Ablakwa, was not used by the President.