The National Communications Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi, has called on President Akufo-Addo to stop flying expensive private jets at the expense of the unemployed youths in the country.

According to him, the President’s preference for private jets affects the country’s resources and, therefore, he should stop it.

Speaking in an interview on the AM Show on Monday, he lamented the cost of the president’s travels to the detriment of citizens.

In his view, Ghana’s high debt profile and the ailing economy can be blamed on the President’s decision to charter expensive flights.

“Cut down on the reckless expenditure; stop flying in expensive private jets when young people in this country cannot find jobs; when you cannot pay NABCO beneficiaries their arrears, and when people are struggling to make ends meet and all that”, he told host, Benjamin Akakpo.

He continued: “Live within your means; cut down on the waste, cut down on the financial irregularities and loses, the procurement breaches that the Auditor-General is talking about and put the meagre resources of the state to judicious use”.

The controversy about the President’s use of private jets

The call by the NDC’s National Communications Officer adds to previous calls by NDC lawmaker, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, on the President’s external travels.

In a series of epistles on social media, the North Tongu MP has been expressing his grievances about the way the President abandons the country’s President jet for ‘luxurious’ planes.

In a recent comment on the issue, Mr Ablakwa alleged that an unknown person had flown the official Presidential jet to France, for personal use.

According to him, this was against an initial claim that the Presidential jet could not fly long haul.

But reacting to this, the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin debunked the assertions and charged the MP to stop his propaganda against the usage of the Presidential jet.

In his response, he said the jet was only flown to France for repair works.

Meanwhile, the public remains divided over whether the President should continue to charter private jets or not.

While some have fervently argued that it comes at a cost to the nation, others say it is befitting for the first gentleman of the land, since it is reported that the official presidential jet cannot serve its purpose in recent times.



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