Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s Economic Adviser and spokesperson, Gideon Boako, in an interview on the Citi Breakfast Showon Thursday, indicated that a list which captures the names of a 21-member Ghanaian delegation to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) 2017 was not exactly accurate.
He said the delegation comprised 16 and not 21 people as being speculated. According to him, the UN authorities had been asked to correct the mistake as some names were not supposed to be on the list.
“UNCTAD has admitted that they made an error by adding persons based permanently in Geneva who did not travel with the Vice President…Our Vice President was invited as the special guest for the UNCTAD,” he explained.
“Prof Amoako Tuffuor and I were in Zurich and not Geneva on a separate mission, something to do with the IMF so we were not officially with the delegation. An official photographer, official cameraman and official security were necessary for the Vice President’s trip,” he added.
The list has caused mixed reactions on social media, with some citizens trolling the Vice President for leading such a huge entourage to Geneva at the expense of the state.
Those criticising Dr Bawumia say they do not understand why a lot of people were on the trip, especially when other countries were represented by between one and five officials.
Dr. Bawumia, according to the list, had his personal photographer, videographer, ADC and protocol among others. On the whole, Ghana is reported to have sent the biggest delegation to the conference.
Dr. Gideon Boako and Prof. Joe Amoako-Tuffour (Secretary to the Economic Management Team) were all captured on the list as part of the delegation.
Former Deputy Communications Minister, Felix Kwakye Ofosu, on his Facebook wall said the number is “quite frankly, a disgrace.”
He posited, “Even more disgraceful is the ‘explanation’ being circulated by government sources. There can be no justification for such irresponsible waste of state resources.”
Other Ghanaians also expressed their opinions on the trip