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"Stopping Profligacy Must Start With Stopping Ex-Gratia"-Reactions As Ablakwa Posted A Petition

The Member of Parliament for North Tongu Constituency, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has hailed many Ghanaians who have supported a petition by Amofa Baffoe calling on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to put an end to lavishing lifestyle in the name of traveling to other countries.

The Member of Parliament also used his official Facebook page to call on interested Ghanaians to assist this petition gets a lot of signatures. This what Honorable Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa wrote on his official Facebook page:

"May I salute patriotic Ghanaians who have initiated an online petition to compel President Akufo-Addo to stop his profligate luxury travels at the expense of struggling taxpayers. Ghana owns a presidential jet in great condition and even if he chooses other travel arrangements, those options must be informed by President Akufo-Addo’s own promise to protect the public purse. We must all help to stop this!".

This did not go down well with some Ghanaians as they reacted that politicians are really enjoying themselves with taxpayers' money in many aspects. They used the ex-gratia among other beneficiaries as a luxurious lifestyle to the Ghanaian politicians and called on Honorable Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa that putting an end to profligate luxurious lifestyle must commence with stopping ex-gratia.

Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa is one of the leading members advocating against the over GHS 2.8 million used by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for hiring a private jet to France, Belgium, and South Africa. But it appears some Ghanaians are not only happy with the President's expenditure on his foreign travels but how state resources are not put into 'proper' use for all Ghanaians to benefit.

On 5th January 2021, there were reports that both the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament were chasing after their GHS 452,000 ex-gratia. Some people including Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has called for the cancellation of this ex-gratia especially now that Covid-19 has brought the economy of the country to its knees.

Check out comments from some Ghanaians below:

A Facebook user known as Emmanuel Afari reacted that "Stopping profligacy must start with stopping ex gratia. The bleeding must stop from there".

Another Facebook user known as Adela Kriss reacted that "Even the taxpayers themselves don't know that they are misusing their money!".

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