The response from the Director of Communications at the Presidency to concerns raised by his colleague Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa about President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-travel Addo's expenses, according to National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament Samuel Nartey George, rather exposes the government.
The legislator claims Eugene Arhin's "poor" reaction came from "an empty diaphragm." On Monday, June 27, the Ningo-Prampram MP said Mr. Arhin would have been fired from his position if he had been working for an effective president. He declared, "That is no mean position for someone like Eugene Arhin, who is our Presidential Spokesperson.
"His extremely lengthy letter stated a lot but accomplished nothing. Its diaphragm was bare. Since Eugene Arhin's reaction actually reveals that the administration is concealing something, I mean, if the President were up to his game, he would probably fire him for a shoddy response.
Regarding the President's recent charter flight from Brussels to Rwanda's capital Kigali for a Meeting of the Heads of State of the Commonwealth of Nations, there has been back and forth between the North Tongu MP and Mr. Arhin.
Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa had noted that due to the 21-hour delay of the ACJ319 D-Alex aircraft from Germany to Brussels and then Kigali, the nation had lost a total of €480,000.00, or GH4.1 million.
But in response, the Presidency stated that President Akufo-Addo first flew from Ghana to Paris, France on a commercial airplane, and then he took a train to Brussels. The Presidency emphasized that the President was picked up by the chartered jet in Brussels and transported to Kigali.
The reply further stated that President Akufo-Addo traveled back to Accra on the Presidential Jet with his wife, Rebecca. Sam George, however, asserts that Mr. Arhin should have kept silent about the situation and that by reacting to Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa's worries, he has made the President's position worse.
"Eugene has done more damage to the President by speaking. He would have been of better benefit to President Akufo-opulent Addo's lifestyle by remaining silent."
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