On the back of Ghanaians ranting on social media about First and Second ladies, Rebecca Akufo-Addo and Samira Bawumia being paid huge monthly salaries and allowances, they have both rejected the proposal and for the first lady, she is ready to refund salaries paid to her since 2017.
Social media agitations have yielded some results. Rebecca Akufo-Addo since 2017 has been paid GHC899,097.84 and according to a statement from her office, she will refund the money and reject salary recommendations by the government.
Here is a portion of the statement…
“In view of this, the First Lady, in consultation with the President of the Republic, has decided to refund all monies paid to her as allowances from the date of the President’s assumption of office, ie, from January 2017 to date, amounting to GHC899,097.84.
“The First Lady has also decided not to accept any monies that have been allocated to be paid to her pursuant to the recommendations of the Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee, as approved by Parliament”.
Samira Bawumia is also speaking the same language as she has also rejected the proposal to be paid huge sums of money and allowances monthly.
The Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee submitted the report of its recommendations, dated 18 June 2020, to President Akufo-Addo. This was in fulfilment of the Article 71 provision of the 1992 constitution which enjoins every sitting president to set up a committee before the end of his or her four-year mandate to make recommendations on emoluments for Article 71 office-holders.
The five-member committee’s report recommended, among other things, the payment of a salary equivalent to a cabinet minister who is a member of Parliament to the First Lady while her husband is in office, and the payment of a salary equivalent to 80% of the salary of a minister of state who is an MP if the spouse served one full term as president, or 100% of the salary of a minister of state who is an MP if the spouse served two or more full terms as president.
With second ladies, the committee report recommended the payment of a salary equivalent to a cabinet minister who is not a Member of Parliament to a second lady while her husband is in office and, once he leaves office, the payment of a salary equivalent to 80% of the salary of a minister of state who is not an MP if the spouse served one full term as vice-president, or 100% of the salary of a minister of state who is a member of Parliament if the spouse served two or more full terms as vice-president.