– For Guinness Book of Records
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been on a merry-go-round the world since his investiture on January 7, this year, with a seeming wanderlust leading to a travel of 19 countries in just six months.
An evaluation of the President’s travelling rate shows that in the first 24 weeks in office, he had traveled at least once every week – the exact mathematical workout is a rate of 1.3 times a week.
The travel graph so far shows that Mr. Akufo-Addo has mostly visited other African countries, with Europe and the United States being less frequented in that order.
The President started globetrotting within the same week that he was sworn into office – exactly six days after his investiture.
Between 13th January and 16th January, the President was in Mali. From 2nd to 4th May, he was in neighboring Togo.
After leaving Togo on the 4th of May, he jetted to Burkina Faso where he stayed till the 5th of May.
On that 5th of May, he cruised to Ivory Coast where he stayed until the 7th, and then returned to Ghana.
Eight days after returning from Ivory Coast, the President hopped on to a plane and jetted off to Senegal on the 15th of May, staying there till the 17th of May when he enplaned to Guinea. He stayed in Guinea until the 19th of May.
Between 19th and 21st May, President Akufo-Addo was in Cape Verde from where he flew back to Ghana.
Three days after returning to Ghana, however, the President jetted off to Sierra Leone on the 24th of the same month. He returned to Ghana on the same day, but two days later, jetted off to Liberia.
From Liberia the President had returned to Mali, consequently spending the 26th and the 28th of May in Mali and Liberia, before returning home.
Then eight days after returning from Mali, he traveled to Europe on the 6th of June, spending time in Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. Later he would travel to the United States on one leg of that journey outside the country, spending a total of 10 days – from 7th June to 17th June in those countries before returning to base.
On 26th June, the President travelled again, visiting Nigeria and Zambia from the 26th to the 29th of that month. Then on 2nd July, the President visited Ethiopia where he stayed till the 4th of that month.
After returning to Ghana, the President emplaned to Ivory Coast on the 20th of July, and proceeded to France from there, returning to the country on the 25th of July.
Observers are on the lookout for the next journey by a President who is estimated to have travelled almost 30 times already in just six months and has visited 19 countries, some more than once.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), just about a week ago, described the President as a “legal alien” because of the penchant for travelling.
At a press conference, the NDC had also pointed out that the frequent travelling is a toll on the public purse.
National Chairman of the NDC, Kofi Portuphy, had lamented that the frequent travels of the President came along with hefty travelling allowances that definitely bleed the national kitty, even though the administration has been obscurantist with the Presidential travel allowance.
Mr. Portuphy said per available information, the President received between $5,000 and $4,000 per trip, while people who accompany him on the trips receive between $2,000 and $1,000.
“Is it $5,000 or $4,000 as is being rumoured?” Mr. Portuphy asked about the exact amount that the President takes as per diem on his frequent travels.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Fiifi Samuels