Dr Clement Apaak, MP Builsa South
Former Presidential Staffer and now Member of Parliament for Builsa South Constituency in the Upper East Region, Dr Clement Abass Apaak is asking President Nana Akufo Addo to disclose full cost of Presidential Diaries for the 2017/2018 Calendar year, now that he is charged.
According to the former Presidential Staffer, President Akufo Addo, then opposition leader leveled allegation of corruption against President John Mahama government, over printing of the Presidential Diaries.
While on a tour at Europe in 2015, then candidate Akufo Addo told New Patriotic Party(NPP) supporters in Amsterdam that, President John Mahama and his government spent $10 million of tax payers’ money for the printing of presidential diaries at a time Ghanaians are faced with numerous hardships.
“I listen to the disillusionment of the average Ghana with politicians who promise them relief and end up bringing them grief when they get into office. I listen to the journalist who is saddened by the revelation that a government can spend $10 million to print presidential diaries.”
“Yes, you heard me right: $10 million. And yet we are barely able to scrape together $10 million as a down payment on our debt to Nigeria for the supply of a truly essential product, gas,” then candidate Akufo Addo was reportedly telling NPP supporters amidst applauds in Amsterdam.
But, Dr Apaak questioned President Akufo Addo, loyalty and truthfulness to the good people of Ghana after assuming into office for two calendar years now.
He said, “Now that President Nana Akufo Addo is in office as President, can he tell us, Ghanaians how much it costed tax payer to print the 2017 and the 2018 Presidential diaries?”
“Since 2017 and 2018, can he ( President) tell us, because he was able to tell Ghanaians even in opposition, but now he is in charged, he should tell us so that we know how much we are spending as a nation to print Presidential diaries,” Dr Apaak told THE REPUBLIC in an Interview in parliament last Thursday.
Front cover of Ghana’s Presidential Diary
He said, Nana Addo should have produced evidence to back his claimed and not put out such unsubstantiated allegations intended to score cheap political points at the time, nothing, ” he is now on the seat and he has since 2017 and 2018 printed Presidential diaries without telling us how much it cost, this is a marked of hypocrisy.”
Dr Apaak said, for the few years he had work at the presidency, he was not aware of such money spent on Presidential Diaries and surprised that Nana Akufo Addo as then flagbearer of the NPP decided to dabble in a campaign of disinformation with the fabrication of that whopping US $ 10 million on printing of Presidential diaries.
He said, he expected that the media would hold him(Nana Addo) to strict proof, especially now that he is charge and he could tell us from his own desk the cost of the Diaries that he (President) and his Ministers are using now.
The former Presidential Staffer said, for the best of his knowledge, government was not directly involved in publishing the diaries but only gave permission to individuals who wanted to run that business.
“The Presidency was never involved, because this was not government business, there was no tender. The Private individuals approached government to seek permission to publish the diaries. They also proceeded to solicit for sponsorship from corporate institutions.”
“When you take a Presidential Diary, you will notices at the back pages of the diaries the sponsoring companies with the adverts there, the Presidency under our time was never involved, but now that President Akufo Addo, is in charged, he can tell Ghanaians the cost,” Dr Apaak added.
Previous contributors to the diary were mostly Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and government parastatals or corporations which paid exorbitantly to show their loyalty to the government.
The spaces in the diary are positions close to a personality (e.g. the president, vice president) an event (e.g. commissioning of a project) or position of the page (e.g. first page of the diary).
Sources:www.therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba