First Lady In Ghana Rebecca Akufo – Addo Must Be Paid More Than GHC6 Million As Backdated Payment From 2017 For Being Ghana’s First Lady.
Wife of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will from now onwards officially enjoy salaries from the government of Ghana after the government adopted a Enjoinder by an Payment committee which was approved by the seventh parliament.
According to NDC’s Yayra Koku, the adopted Enjoinder will take backdated effect from 2017, allowing the first lady to Receive almost GHC7 million.
Rebecca will be paid, 21,000 per month and will be back dated from 2017 which will amount to 1,134,000.00 as back pay. This amount excludes her allowances which total 87,000 per month which will as well be backdated to 2017 which will give her Gh¢6,345,000.00 (New Ghana Cedis.)Same goes to Samira Bawumia” he wrote on his Facebook page.
Earlier Intimation had suggested President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had unilaterally decided to pay his wife Rebecca Akufo-Addo and the wife of his vice, Samira Bawumia, salaries but Information Minister, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah has clarified that the approval was done by the previous parliament.
“The President does Endorse salaries and benefits for the Executive. Under Article 71, the First Lady and Second Lady are not office holders so no one can Ascertain their benefits under that article.
However, a committee only recommended that an arrangement for the spouses be made formal and that received approval from Parliament,” he indicated. Oppong Nkrumah referenced some practices in the past where the allowances for the spouses of first and second ladies were increased by the executive arm of government.
President Kufuor, in his wisdom, instituted this because of the bad situations of some spouses of some former Heads of States then. Presidents Mills and Mahama even increased the rates of these benefits during their time.
“The truth of the matter is that all surviving spouses of Heads of State, current and former, have always received salaries. Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, Faustina Acheampong, Fulera Liman etc have all been receiving salaries since President Kufuor’s time.
“What has happened now is that the arrangement has been made formal but that was done legally based on the recommendation by the Emoluments Committee,” the Information Minister Accentuated.
Oppong-Nkrumah divulged further that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in 2019 established a committee chaired by Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu to make proposals on allowances paid to wives of President and his vice.
The other members of the committee included Majority Leader and former Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Mr Abraham Ossei Aidooh, the Chief Executive of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, Dr Edward Kwapong, the current Director-General of the Internal Audit Agency, Dr Eric Oduro Osae, and a former Managing Director, Donewell Life Insurance Co. Ltd, Mrs Stella Segbawu,
The Information Minister stressed that the committee recommended the that the wives be paid and that was approved by the seventh parliament.
“That recommendation was then forwarded to the Seventh Parliament which then gave the approval and it is now to be implemented. It is, therefore, not true as it is being circulated that the President has approved of emoluments to the First Lady and Second Lady,” .
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