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First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo has turned down the new emoluments approved for her by Parliament following the Ntiamoa-Baidu committee recommendations on the salaries and other gratuities of Article 71 officeholders.
This comes on the back of the backlash government had received after it came to the fore that the spouses of the President and Vice President will be receiving salaries backdated to 2017.
In a statement issued by the Office of the First Lady on Monday, July 12, 2021, Mrs Akufo-Addo said the decision to reject the recommended emoluments is a personal decision to put the public discussions to rest.
“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. She is doing this as a purely personal decision, without prejudice to the rights of others, and not to undermine the propriety of the process undertaken by Parliament.”
“The First Lady does not want these matters to serve as a distraction from the good work that the President, who is currently touring the Savannah and Upper West regions, is doing to develop our dear nation. The First Lady will continue to support the President, as she has always done, in the execution of the mandate entrusted to him by the good people of Ghana,” the statement added.
Mrs. Akufo-Adoo has also decided to refund to the state all the allowances paid her since she became the First Lady in 2017. The monies amount to GHS899,097.84.
The First Lady noted that she’s saddened that the discussions that greeted the announcement of the allowance payments have been laced with some “extremely negative opinions”.
“It is important to state that payment of such allowances existed and was made to previous First Ladies in the course of the 4th Republic, prior to Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo becoming First Lady, Mrs Akufo-Addo did not request to be paid any allowance. She only received that which existed and attached to her status, albeit informally.
“That notwithstanding, the public discussion has been laced with some extremely negative opinions, in some cases, which she finds distasteful, seeking to portray her as a venal, self-serving and self-centred woman who does not care about the plight of ordinary Ghanaian.
“In view of this the First Lady, in consultation with the President of the Republic has decided to refund all monies paid her as allowances from the date of the President’s assumption of office i.e from January 2017 to date, amounting to GHS899,097.84.”
Find the full statement below