…As his cousin turns Finance Ministry into an extension of Data Bank
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has given insights into why President Akufo-Addo is addicted to globetrotting, revealing that the President’s perpetual odyssey around the world is very lucrative.
According to a bombshell from the National Chairman of the NDC, Kofi Portuphy, the President pockets between $4,000 and $5,000 per trip.
The cedi equivalent of $5,000 is a little over GHc20,000 or 200million old cedis. The President has traveled more than 30 times already, in just six months that he has been in office.
Mr. Portuphy, at a press conference yesterday, demanded full disclosure of the details on the President’s hefty trip per diem.
“Is it $5,000 or $4,000 as is being rumoured?”
Mr. Portuphy also revealed that appointees of the President who follow him on his merry-go-round the world earn between $2,000 and $1,000 per trip.
The revelation about the appointees’ earnings shines a light on why the Flagstaff House is said to be thrown into a retrace anytime the President prepares to travel outside the country with appointees falling over one another to make the list of Presidential tag-along.
It is said that the President’s travels has since become a source of salvation for his appointees who have had their salaries unpaid in the whole six months that the NPP has been in office.
Because of the goldmine that it has become, Mr. Akufo-Addo is always on the lookout for the next available opportunity to travel outside the country.
Yesterday, the President is said to have left Accra to La Cote d’Ivoire to attend the 8th Francophone Games, even as his Sports Minister has been in obscurity since his appointment.
From Cote d’Ivoire, the President is scheduled to travel today too, Friday 21st July, to France, for a visit.
Nana Akufo-Addo is expected back into the country on the 25th of July.
It is not clear the number of people that the President traveled to Cote d’Ivoire with, but the last time the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, traveled to China, he carried along 116 people.
Meanwhile, yesterday, the NDC also revealed at its press conference in Accra that, the President’s cousin, and Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has made the Finance Ministry an extension of his private bank, Data Bank.
Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrissu, said Ken Ofori Atta has removed eight senior civil servants at the Finance Ministry and replaced them with his friends and business associates from Data Bank.
“Even at the Ministry of Finance as many as 8 Civil Service positions have been filled by officers who hitherto were working with the Minister of Finance at Data Bank and have been put on the payroll of the Ghana Revenue Authority.”
Selfsame Ken Ofori-Atta is alleged to have a few weeks ago, dissolved the Board of the Tema Development Corporation (TDC) and replaced the Managing Director, Joe Abbey, with his sister, Alice Ofori-Atta.
Mr. Ofori-Atta himself is just one of several family members of the President, including Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo, who have been appointed into office by the President.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Stan Adotey