The Founder and leader of the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), Kofi Akpaloo, has jumped to the defence of President Akufo-Addo regarding the spending of close to GHC70 million on foreign travels.
He said the travels were necessary for the country’s development.
His comments come on the back of demands by the Minority in Parliament asking the Foreign Affairs Ministry to come and explain why such an amount was spent on the president’s travel when it goes beyond what was budgeted for the year.
In reaction, Kofi Akpaloo noted, “That the records are there to show is important, accountability; that these expenses are not hidden from the public is important so then, the question is, once they are out there, are they even justified?…and I will say, an absolute yes.”
“Yes, to the extent that the president has a duty to perform,” Kofi Akpaloo exclusively told Reynold Agyemang on ‘Pae Mu Ka’ on Accra-based Kingdom FM 107.7
“It all impacts on growth.
“…he will go with that relevant minister to deal with sectorial issues he is going to attend to…,” Kofi Akpaloo explained.
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu in the Volta Region is demanding answers from the government on how some GHS39 million was spent in excess of the approved budget for contingency in the COVID-19 fight.
According to him, although parliament approved an allocation of GHS26.4 million, the 2021 budget confirmed that GHS65.7 million was actually spent.
The North Tongu legislator says the government must come clear on the development.