Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) have been subjected to a heavy backlash over the alleged purchase of four Christmas trees at a total cost of Ghc84,000 to decorate the Kotoka International Airport during the festive season.
The amount involved angered some Ghanaians who took to social media to express their frustrations. Some of them believe the money could have been used on something far better than the Christmas trees that were just put at various points in the arrival Hall of the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).
Reacting to the scandal, Edem Agbana, the Deputy National Youth Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), says Paul Adom Otchere who is the Board Chairman of the GACL, is copying the lavish spending lifestyle of his appointer, President Akufo Addo, whom he accused of continuously flying luxurious and expensive private jets to international meetings despite growing public outcry.
"The president himself, continues to fly the most expensive and luxurious private jets, regardless of the public outcry about his lavish lifestyle.
"Appointees like Paul Adom Otchere, are only learning and implementing what their leader is doing," Edem Agbana wrote in a post on his Facebook wall.
Read Edem Agbana's full post on Facebook below;
I’ve always maintained that the biggest challenge facing our economy is not revenue generation but our inability to do proper public expenditure management.
At a time when the government is crying for funds and has decided to impose more taxes on the overworked, underpaid, over-taxed Ghanaians, the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) decided to spend GH₵118,000 on Christmas decorations at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in December last year.
The president himself, continues to fly the most expensive and luxurious private jets, regardless of the public outcry about his lavish lifestyle.
Appointees like Paul Adom Otchere, are only learning and implementing what their leader is doing.
This is a wake up call to launch investigation into how much other public institutions spent on the Yuletide.
The grand corruption and mismanagement of the Akufo-Addo government that led to the loss of over 12billion Ghana Cedis last year, must not be allowed to continue.
Source: // contributor on Modernghana web