A member of the Council of State, Samuel Okudzeto has called on Ghanaians to put an end to the constant attacks on President Akufo-Addo over his ‘luxurious’ foreign trips.
According to him, the focus should be rather channelled to the benefits derived from the said trips and their impact on the country rather than the attacks which is not productive for the country.
“When he was going to Germany, there was hue and cry. ‘Why is he travelling? 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 told Accra-based Joy News’ Kwesi Parker-Wilson in an interview.
The comments of the former President of the Ghana Bar Association follows renewed commentary over what some say is the exorbitant charges accrued to the nation as a result of the President’s foreign trips on a private jet.
Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa who has long led the charge in a recent interview revealed he will file another urgent question to demand full disclosure on the cost of the President’s foreign travels when Parliament reconvenes in October.
But the Council of State member believes this is much ado about nothing saying the impact of Covid-19 on global economies is so telling that Presidents have to travel to diplomatic gatherings and summits aimed at looking for ways to revive economies, which he believes Ghana is no exception.
“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 added.