Ablakwa Discloses Akufo-Addo’s Presidency Spent Over GH¢51 Million On Fuel Within 9 Months
- Opposition legislator Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has disclosed in a new exposé that the Akufo-Addo presidency has been spending colossal sums of money on less important things amid the country's debilitating debt crisis
- The MP posted on Facebook on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, that documents presented to Parliament by the presidency show that over GHS191.5 million were spent on 10 out of a total of 250 expenditure items in just nine months, between January and September 2022
- He disclosed, for instance, that fuel bills paid at the presidency within the nine-month period under review cost the Ghanaian taxpayer a colossal GHS51.1 million
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Outspoken NDC MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has disclosed that between January to September 2022, the presidency spent a whopping GH¢191,522,061 on only 10 out of a total of 250 expenditure items.
According to the North Tongu legislator, the colossal spending contained in documents presented to Parliament by the presidency shows the posture of the Nana Akufo-Addo government is not consistent with the fact that the country is in dire straits.
"The President’s 'operational enhancement expenditure' (whatever that animal is) cost the suffering Ghanaian taxpayer a mind-boggling GHS59.4million (59,486,108.91);
"The fuel bills paid at the presidency within the 9-month period under review cost the suffering Ghanaian taxpayer a colossal GHS51.1million. (51,109,137.86). Empirical analysis conducted reveals that government failed abysmally in its promise to slash fuel expenditure by 50%," he posted on Facebook on Tuesday, January 31, 2023.
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The MP noted that an appeal by the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference to the government on the need to “present a posture that is consistent with the fact that the country is in dire straits or crisis” is timely.
Presenting all the ten expenditure documents from January to September 2022 presented to Parliament, he said it was time for the Nana Akufo-Addo administration to seriously control its expenditure.
"Telecommunications and Internet Services from January to September alone cost the suffering Ghanaian taxpayer a shocking GHS20million (20,000,000.00)," he released item 9 expenditure of the presidency between January and September 2022.
The MP also disclosed that the president's regional tours in 2022 cost the Ghanaian taxpayer a staggering GH¢16,906,272.45.
Ablakwa heads to GRA and Registrar General over Kusi-Boateng's "double identity"
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh has reported in a separate story that the MP recently filed two RTI requests with the GRA and the Registrar General's Department on the alleged double identities of Rev Victor Kusi-Boateng.
He wants to know how one person successfully obtained two TINs -- one under the name Victor Kusi-Boateng and the other under Kwabena Adu Gyamfi.
He also wants to know what the Registrar General intends to do about the 28 companies registered under the two names of the same person.
Minority blocks GH¢80m funding for cathedral project
Also, YEN.com.gh reported in a previous story that in December last year, the Minority blocked the allocation of GH¢80 million for the controversial national cathedral project at the committee level.
The Trade and Industry Committee voted against the allocation for the cathedral project by an 11 to 10 majority decision.
The Minority MPs said the country does not need such a cash-demanding project considering its current economic situation.
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