There was a major flare-up of emotions amongst the public after it was announced that the spouses of both the president and vice president of Ghana were going to be paid monthly.
Reports showed that this has been approved by the seventh parliament of Ghana after an emolument committee recommended it. It is now being implemented and that qualifies the First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo and Second lady, Samira Bawumia will be placed on a government monthly-pay scheme henceforth.
Many organizations and personnel do not approve this move including the Traders Union Congress (TUC).
The latest information on salaries has been reported by Starr FM and it shows that President Akufo Addo will be receiving 47,277, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, 33,270, Mahamudu Bawumia,39,397, Samira Bawumia 33,270.
According to the flyer below, Alban Bagbin, Speaker of Parliament will be taking 34,146, Chief Justice, Kwasi Annin Yeboah, 35,021, EC Chairperson Jean Adukwei Mensah, 31,519 and the Council of State members will be taking, 28,455 every month.
The Traders Union Congress have expressed their discontent with the whole fiasco. According to them, the government shouldn’t pay the spouses a dime since it does not conform to Article 71 of the constitution which states that only people working for the public administrations are entitled to be paid by the government.
In this case, the first and second ladies aren’t appointees of the public hence are not eligible to be on the government payroll.
Some Ghanaians claim the government is using taxpayers money on unnecessary stuff.
According to an Emolument committee set up by the president, it was suggested that the first and second lady of Ghana should be placed on the government of Ghana’s payroll. Reactions from Ghanaians when the news broke was none other than utmost displeasure.
An amount of 21,000 cedis ($3,500) was proposed by the committee as the salaries of the first and second ladies respectively. The amount will be backdated to 2017 which means the ladies will receive over a million Ghana cedis as their salary. In total, they will receive GHc 1,134,000
Information minister, Ken Oppong Nkrumah clarified that the payment of the first and second ladies have been a practice since the time of president Kuffour from 2001 to 2008. He cited that it was nothing new and previous governments practised it.
He backed his assertion with the fact that the first and second ladies were paid allowances due to the tragic state some were left in previously. He however made it clear that the emolument committee recommended this proposition to the seventh parliament and it was approved but it was yet to be implemented.