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Akufo-Addo spends GH¢13.5 million on four luxury jet charters in 6 months



President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has spent over 13.5 million cedis on four luxury jet travels in the last six months, according to estimates from Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of Parliament for North Tongu.

Ablakwa, who is also the Ranking Member on Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, has disclosed that a recent round trip by the President to Serbia cost the taxpayer some 3.5 million cedis by way of conservative estimates.

Parts of Ablakwa’s October 13 post on the Serbia trip read:

“Just to illustrate from our latest tracking: President Akufo-Addo took off aboard the LX-DIO to Belgrade at 12:22pm last Sunday from Accra. He landed in Serbia at 8pm local time. The President arrived back home at 5pm today.

“The LX-DIO was ordered on Saturday 9th October, 2021, leaving its base in Luxembourg and landing in Accra at 12:46pm local time on Saturday after a brief stop in Abuja. Ghanaian taxpayers, therefore, paid for the overnight waiting period.

“At a conservative estimate of 42 hours of aircraft lease duration, the suffering Ghanaian taxpayer is coughing up nothing less than US$588,000 which translates to a scary GHS3.5million.”

Akufo-Addo and his entourage were in Serbia for the 60th-anniversary celebration of the Non-Aligned Movement, NAM.

Below are summaries of the flight details of Akufo-Addo’s last four private jet trips

May 2021

Jet: The Airbus ACJ320neo

Destination: Accra – Paris – Johannesburg – Accra

Cost: £15,000 an hour, £345,000 for round trip, estimated GHS2,828,432.80.

Owners: Acropolis Aviation based in Farnborough, UK

Registered name: G-KELT

July 2021

Jet: Boeing 737-900ER BBJ3

Destination: Accra – UK – Germany – Accra

Cost: of US$14,000 per hour by 28 hours of travel distance, 13 hours waiting time. US$574,000.00 for round trip estimated 3.46million Ghana Cedis.

Operator: Global Jet Luxembourg. Its Manufacturer Serial Number (MSN) is 62515 with Line Number 5659

Registered name: LX-DIO

September 2021

Jet: Boeing 737-900ER BBJ3

Destination: Accra – Houston – New York – Accra

Cost: US$14,000 an hour, US$616,000 for round trip estimated 3.7million Ghana Cedis

Operator: Global Jet Luxembourg. Its Manufacturer Serial Number (MSN) is 62515 with Line Number 5659

Registered name: LX-DIO

October 2021

Jet: Boeing 737-900ER BBJ3

Destination: Accra – Belgrade – Accra

Cost: “At a conservative estimate of 42 hours of aircraft lease duration, US$588,000 for round trip and GHc3.5million equivalent

Operator: Global Jet Luxembourg. Its Manufacturer Serial Number (MSN) is 62515 with Line Number 5659

Registered name: LX-DIO

Flight details as shared by Okudzeto Ablakwa on social media

September trip to UNGA

In September 2021, Ablakwa wrote about the cost of Akufo-Addo’s trip to the United States to attend the United Nations General Assembly meeting.

“At US$14,000 an hour, Ghanaians should be expecting to pay a staggering US$616,000; that is an elephantine 3.7million Ghana Cedis by the president’s return.

“This is the flight distance breakdown: [6 hours to Azores; 1 hour refueling; 10 hours to Houston; 3 hours from Houston to New York; New York to Accra 11 hours plus 1 hour of refueling break; 12 hours of pick up and drop off time — this works out to a total flight time of 44 hours).”

Trip to the UK for education summit

Ablakwa wrote: “On his travels to the UK on the 27th of July, 2021 to attend the Global Education Summit and last week’s state visit to Germany… he opted for another top-of-the-range VIP luxury charter jet specifically known to industry players as the Boeing 737-900ER BBJ3.

“The Luxembourg-based aircraft is registered LX-DIO and operated by Global Jet Luxembourg. Its Manufacturer Serial Number (MSN) is 62515 with Line Number 5659.

The 19-seater luxury jet which has a HEX code 4D0213 is configured VIP, has 2x CFMI engines and was delivered to the current operators in November 2015.

“If our government is dealing directly with the operators of the LX-DIO then it is costing the Ghanaian taxpayer at least US$14,000 per hour. However, if our government is leasing the aircraft via brokers or middlemen as it has gained notoriety for in many sectors, you shouldn’t be surprised the Ghanaian taxpayer is being billed between US$18,000 and US$22,000 per hour.

“Using the conservative rate of US$14,000 per hour, the two trips to the UK and Germany which requires some 28 hours of travel distance in and out plus an additional 13 hours of pick up and drop off time, the taxpayer has been burdened again to the colossal tune of US$574,000.00. At the current exchange rate, that is a staggering 3.46million Ghana Cedis.”

May 2021 use of Airbus ACJ320neo

Ablakwa wrote: “The Airbus ACJ320neo owned by Acropolis Aviation based in Farnborough, UK and registered as G-KELT is the most luxurious and the most expensive in the Acropolis fleet.

“The manufacturers describe it as “the most outstanding ambassador for Airbus Corporate Jets.” It costs the Ghanaian taxpayer approximately £15,000 an hour when President Akufo-Addo rents it.

“Let’s further analyse President Akufo-Addo’s latest trip to Europe: per Flightradar24, the G-KELT aircraft left Accra with the President to Paris on the 16th of May — a 6 and half hour duration.

“Airlifted the President from Paris to Johannesburg for 11 hours on the 23rd of May. Then Johannesburg to Accra on the 25th of May was a five and half hour flight. This gives us an accumulated flight travel of 23 hours; so at £15,000 an hour, it thus cost us a colossal £345,000. At current exchange, that is a staggering GHS2,828,432.80.


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Private sector has capacity to absorb youth job seekers – Oppong Nkrumah



Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has reiterated that the private sector has the capacity to absorb the country’s teeming youth seeking for job opportunities.

According to him, even though a vibrant public sector can provide some number of employments, the main purpose of the government is to create an enabling environment for entrepreneurs to flourish in the private sector.

He argued that even the most efficient public service cannot be a substitute for the role that the private sector and entrepreneurship play in helping answer the questions of economic fortunes as a nation.

“Orienting our people, that it lies within our own hands to innovate, develop technologies and solutions that make our society better off, as against waiting for an expansion of the public sector to accommodate all our interests, is a challenge which however we have not met very well as a nation.

If entrepreneurship, private business, innovation and technology is what will be a most significant pillar in economic recovery, then our best energies, our best attention, must be directed there,” Mr. Nkrumah made this remark at the opening ceremony of Day-2 of the Ghana Economic Forum (GEF) in Accra organized by the B&FT.

He explained that entrepreneurship is the most significant instrument that can get the majority of the people, particularly the young, economically engaged and rewarded, thereby, calling for a renewal of the mindset and encouraging the youth to venture into it and take advantage of the good policies initiated by the government.

The information minister further said that entrepreneurship, when taken seriously, will enable the country build its own products and services, thereby, increasing exports to improve the balance of payment position of the economy.

Making some recommendations, Mr. Nkrumah said the conversations around entrepreneurship, its prospects, resolving its bottlenecks and highlighting its rewards must be mainstreamed as one of the most important conversations in this country.

He advised that public conversations on traditional media, digital media and all other platforms must reflect what citizens believe is the most important value driver for economic transformation.

“We cannot spend all our times discussing allegations and suspicions of one another. We cannot spend all our time comparing pastors, debating partisan political positions, and for the younger ones, we cannot spend all our time amplifying social media beefs and expect that entrepreneurship will gain its pride of place”.

He added that to stem entrepreneurship in the minds of the youth, the education system should include entrepreneurship in the curricular of every level of schooling.

“My point is that whatever we choose to include in academic curricular, one field of academic work which I believe should now be taught across all levels of education as a core subject just like literacy, numeracy and science, is entrepreneurship. So that no matter what else a Ghanaian child has studied, he / she is also equipped with the basic orientation to use that technical knowledge even in building on their own, a business out of it,” he said.

Mr. Oppong Nkrumah, however, stressed the need for government to step up its efforts in promoting entrepreneurship, despite programmes that are already in existence to achieve the purpose.

“I believe we all can agree that looking at the enormity of the challenge ahead, we need to quadruple our efforts as a country at the minimum. We need to provide avenues for more technical support, patient capital and paradigm orientation if truly we want to see more young people take up entrepreneurship. Government policy, must be bolder and larger and more focused in support of growing entrepreneurship in Ghana and indeed across the continent,” he said.


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E/R : Police arrest notorious armed robbery and murder suspect in Adeiso



The Eastern Regional Police Command has arrested Godstrong Tettey, a dangerous armed robber and murder suspect at Adeiso in the Eastern Region.

According to the police, the suspect has been on their wanted list for numerous crimes in the past few years.

In a statement on social media, Police intelligence led to his capture at Adeiso and items retrieved include two pump action guns, one locally manufactured pistol and one new foreign-manufactured pistol.

“The operation forms part of the Police Administrations’ resolve to weed out criminals from our society. Such intelligence-led preventive policing and strategic operations will continue”, the statement also said.

Godstrong Tettey had become notorious when he was seen in a widely circulated video on social media, brandishing a pistol.

He has been involved in alleged murder, car-snatching cases and violent landguard activities.

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Transport fares to go up by Monday



Transport fares are expected to go up by Monday, October 25, according to the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU).

The percentage at which the increment would be done is immediately not known but according to the Union, it is as a result of the fuel price increment.

The Industrial Relations Officer of GPRTU, Accra branch, Alhaji Abass Imoro, said they have met with the Transport Ministry on the issue and the only thing left for them is to increase the fares by next week.

“The rate at which our fuel prices are increased, I don’t want to preempt anything because there could be another increment soon,” he stated.

Earlier, the Union had warned that it would soon consider increment in transport fares should the current trend of fuel price increments continue.

The Union noted that at the last increments in transport fares, they had projected up till December, 2021 for any varying decision but the rate at which fuel products are being increased arbitrarily, they may be compelled to increase it before December.

Effective Sunday, October 17, a litre of fuel cost GH¢6.80 at some oumps, a situation which has caused many a Ghanaian anxiety.

Reacting to the issue on 3FM’s Sunrise on Wednesday to host Alfred Ocansey, Alhaji Imoro said “do not blame us if we increase it”.

“Government came up with a sharing policy and we have done our part but they have not. So, hopefully, by next week, we shall increase transport fares.”

Alhaji Imoro said “as we speak now, those who are not in any union have increased their fares. The floating trotro drivers have increased their fares”.

Energy expert Kojo Poku said “the government is not taking the impact of fuel price increase seriously”.

He said all the levies on fuel products have transferred unto the consumer, making life difficult for Ghanaians.

Mr. Poku urged the media to prevail on the Finance Ministry to render accounts to the people of Ghana on the stabilization levy.

“The Finance Ministry must account for the GH¢1.26 billion Price Stabilization Levy”.

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