Renowned Ghanaian journalist Abeiku Santana has kicked against the government approving a monthly salary scheme for the first lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo and second lady Samira Bawumia.
According to him, the government should listen to the streets. Abeiku Santana opined that even countries that can afford it won’t do that. The popular broadcaster wrote :
“Listen to advice and accept instruction,so that you may gain wisdom for the future. Proverbs 19:20”
“Even countries that can afford it won’t do that.Say No to the Presidential Spouses Salaries” See the post below:
The first lady, Rebecca-Akuffo-Addo together with the second lady and wife of the vice president, Samira Bawumia will going forward be on a monthly salary scheme from the government of Ghana.
In a report filed by Ghanaweb, this decision to pay them was made after the government adopted a recommendation by an emolument committee which was approved by the seventh parliament.
This new arrangement will see to it that the spouses of both Akufo-Addo and Bawumia are paid contrary to what was practiced by previous governments.
There were earlier reports that had suggested President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had unilaterally decided to pay his wife and the wife Bawumia.
The information minister, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah has however clarified that the approval was done by the previous parliament.
Oppong Nkrumah added that all surviving spouses of heads of state have been receiving salaries sinve president Kufuor’s tenure.
“The truth of the matter is that all surviving spouses of Heads of State, current and former, have always received salaries have all been receiving salaries since President Kufuor’s time,” he said.
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,” he added.