The National Security Minister, Albert Kan Dapaah have told on the floor of Parliament that he is unable to make public and details of the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo Addo travels trip.
According to the Minister for National Security, the rationale behind his inability to make the Presidential trip of the President public was due to national security consideration and confidentiality in the country.
The National Security Minister, Albert Kan Dapaah made this statement on the floor of Parliament in response to a question from Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of Parliament for North Tongu Constituency.
“Mr Speaker, recent official travels to France, Belgium, and South Africa by His Excellency the President are paid for out of the operational funds from the Ministry of National Security. Mr Speaker payments out of the ministry’s operational funds are glued with rules of confidentiality and state secrecy and it is not the normal practice…to make the suggested disclosures,” Albert Kan Dapaah explained.
Furthermore, this follows a few weeks when the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament indicated that he advised the Minister not to publicly declare details of the Foreign travels of the President in the country.
According to the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament who also doubled as the Member of Parliament for Abetifi, his advice to the Minister was because he knew of National Security matters hence the Minister should continue to secret the presidential travels.
Meanwhile, there have been numerous attempts by the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa to compel the government to disclose and account for the transportation of the president which according to him is an ‘Arabian Knight’ style.