Ghanaians Shocked As Prez. Akufo-Addo Refunds GHC237k Salary Increment To The Controller And Accountant General
Reports circulating suggests that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has refunded his salary increment totaling GHȻ237,000.00 to the Controller and Accountant General.
This news was made public by the Director of Communications at the presidency, Eugene Arhin.
Eugene Arhin disclosed that Prof. Yaa Ntiamoah Baidu from the Emoluments Committee recommended that the salary of the President be increased.
The house of Parliament agreed to the motion but President Akufo-Addo on May 1, 2021, announced that pay rise for himself and the executive should be frozen to help deal with the ravages of COVID-19.
Arhin said the president noticed that his accrued salary from January to August 2021 included the pay increment recommended by the emoluments committee totalling GHȻ237,000.00.
President Akufo-Addo after realising this ordered that every penny he has received be sent back to the Controller department.
Eugene Arhin is quoted to have said the move by the president to refund his salary increment is a demonstration of leadership by example.
Akufo-Addo also instructed the Chief of Staff to ensure that the vice president and ministers of state also forfeit their salary increments.
He said, “So leading by example, Thursday, the September 2, he wrote a cheque to the Pensions and Salaries account of the Controller and Account General’s account department to reflect the decision he has taken to freeze salary increment for himself”.
The story has shocked many Ghanaians who have taken to social media to express that they never expected the president to do that.
Some showered praises on him and called him a true leader while others said there is a bigger agenda being played and forfeiting his salary increment is just a sacrifice for the win.