President Akufo Addo has once again temporarily banned foreign travels by his Ministers of State and their deputies for the second time.
The first of such travel bans kicked off in 2018 when the new administration posed as wanting to cut down on government expenditure. Even so, there were several instances of his ministers, appointees and officials at the Jubilee House flouting this restriction.
The famous of such blatant flout then was the wife of Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia who attended a conference organized by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva with a staggering delegation of 20 people.
This caused a major uproar and criticisms of the government’s open show of hypocrisy.
In the latest travel ban, the Presidency says it will be in effect for at least one month and that within that period, only travels for serious medical emergencies would be authorized.
From the reports of the travel ban picked up by Whatsup News, no reason has officially been given for the restrictions.
Critics are speculating that the ban could either be because of the new COVID-19 wave raging through the Western world or an insidious plan to have all his ministers, some of whom are parliamentarians, to be in Ghana pending an expected appropriation of the rancorous 2022 national budget.
The fate of the budget is currently handing in the air, with both sides of Ghana’s hung parliament strongly disagreeing on whether or not to approve the budget.
Last week a flurry of treasonous behaviours by both the parliamentarians from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) saw the budget being rejected and also approved simultaneously.