MP insists presidents’ foreign travels confidential

Bryan Acheampong, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Abetifi in the Eastern Region, has reiterated the need for the nation’s presidents foreign travels to be kept highly confidential.

He explained that keeping the nation’s presidents foreign travels ‘top secret’ would enhance presidents security, as it would frustrate attempts to track their movements.

Mr Acheampong, who was a Minister of State at the Ministry for the Interior, said his advice to the Minister of National Security to reclassify President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s foreign travels, the present and past, from highly confidential to top secret, must compel the security apparatus of the country to be sensitive.

“My advice to Albert Kan-Dapaah, the Minister of National Security, is that he should reclassify the president’s travels, the present and past, from highly confidential to top secret and we have to be sensitive to foreign travels of our presidents.

“If the president decides he needs to make a quick trip to Mali, even if he decides to go with the presidential flight, using flight tracker, you will know this is the tail number of Ghana’s presidential flight, and you are able to track it and is that how we want to expose our president?” Mr Acheampong quizzed.

Mr Acheampong maintained that Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu Constituency in the Volta Region, demand was needless and the focus should rather be on the president’s safety and not the cost of his foreign travels and admonished him not to play politics about it and make the issue pedestrian which was elementary and basic.

President Akufo-Addo’s foreign travels became a topical issue after Mr Ablakwa filed two other urgent questions demanding disclosure of the full cost of the president’s recent foreign travels without using the official presidential jet. –citinewsroom.com

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