Passionate supporter of President Akufo-Addo and vitriolic critic of opposition National Democratic Congress(NDC), Fadi Dabbousi has come to the staunch defense of President Akufo-Addo following criticism with regards to his spending of some GHS168 million on his presidency for the three-quarters of this years, arguing that the President is making massive savings compared to what pertained under former President John Dramani Mahama.
Some Ghanaians have been critical of the President following revelations that the Office of the President spent about GHS168 million from January to September this year on its activities. The expenditure of over GHC 62 million on foreign travels has especially got tongues wagging.
But Mr. Dabdousi is of the opinion that the leakage of the document to the public( which he suspects has been done by NDC members) is attempt to cast the Chief of Staff, Ms. Akosua Frema Osei Pare, and the Presidency in bad light because of sour grapes — the NDC members were not allowed to unduly benefit from money meant for the presidency.
“It has come to my attention that a certain document purportedly leaked by an NDC criminal in the registry of parliament or one of the NDC parliamentarian fools that cannot spell their name right is making the rounds. It talks about the total expenditure of Jubilee House to the tune of 168 million Ghana Cedis. It is imperative to understand that other than the mischief intended to cause a barrage of defamatory posts and comments on the person of the Hon.
Chief of Staff, Madam Akosua Frema Osei Opare, this document seeks to malign the office of the President for not allowing stray dogs to get any of that to put in their pockets. They never would have gotten and no one would get!” Mr. Dabbousi indicated in a rejoinder on the expenditure of the Presidency.
He then argues that the expenses are a drastic reduction from that under John Dramani Mahama’s presidency, alleging that it is only a one-fourth of what Mahama spent within a year.
“Truth be said that the expenses of Jubilee House under the watch of Madam Chief of Staff do not amount to more than 20% of the annual expenses under NDC’s John Mahama. That said, Ghanaians must know that in 2012, President Mahama spent over $6 million US Dollars on a single trip to the USA when he visited CNN and posed for a Samsung Photoshoot.
That amounts to some 35 million Ghana Cedis, and that is just one single travel for a week. Besides that, on diaries alone, John Mahama, whose bidding the traitors are doing, spent ten million US Dollars, amounting to some GHs57 million.
Put the two instances together, and the fantastic travels to Dubai alone ballooned the expenses of John Mahama’s Jubilee House to over 600 million Ghana Cedis over the course of the year.
Keep in mind that 600 million Ghana Cedis at the time was the equivalent of approximately $200 million US Dollars as against the much discussed NPP’s GHs 168 million which is equivalent to some $30 million US Dollars, a reduction of $170 million US Dollars that helped sustain the Free SHS for the year.
This reduction in annual expenses made possible by the Chief of Staff’s watch over the national kitty is enough to build two of Mahama’s much-inflated circle/Dubai interchange! Saa p3p33p3!!!” He stressed.
Mr. Dabbousi then went on to accuse the former President and his government of spending wastefully on the office of the president such as procuring diaries and buying cars for influential persons such as chiefs and others.