The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, doesn’t endorse compensations and advantages for the Executive and, likewise, for the First Lady and spouse of the Vice-President, the Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has said.
He has, thusly, portrayed as deluding, data getting out and about that President Akufo-Addo had given endorsement for Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo and Mrs Samira Bawumia to get same compensations as Cabinet pastors.
While affirming that there had been an augmentation in stipends for the life partners of the President and the Vice-President, Mr Oppong Nkrumah stressed that that was an endorsement given by the Seventh Parliament.
“The President supports pay rates and advantages for the Executive. Under Article 71, the First Lady and Second Lady are not office holders so nobody can decide their advantages under that article.
“In any case, a board of trustees just suggested that a plan for the life partners be made formal and that got endorsement from Parliament,” he demonstrated.
Point of reference
Mr Oppong Nkrumah clarified that a course of action that was presented by previous President John Agyekum Kufuor during the beginning of his Presidency in 2000 had seen mates of Presidents and Vice Presidents, from that point forward, appreciate remittances, however there was no proper documentation to help that.
The stipends given the two women of the chief were considered as a component of the advantages of the President and Vice President.
“President Kufuor, in his intelligence, initiated this on account of the awful circumstances of certain companions of some previous Heads of States then, at that point. Presidents Mills and Mahama even expanded the paces of these advantages during their time.
“The reality of the situation is that all enduring life partners of Heads of State, current and previous, have consistently gotten compensations. Lordina Mahama, Naadu Mills, Matilda Amissah-Arthur, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, Faustina Acheampong, Fulera Liman and so forth have all been getting pay rates since President Kufuor’s time.
“What has happened now is that the plan has been made formal yet that was done lawfully dependent on the suggestion by the Emoluments Committee,” the Information Minister underscored.
Mr Oppong Nkrumah further said the Emoluments Committee, set up in 2019 and led by Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu, as a feature of its suggestions, recommended that the remittances given to the life partners of the President and Vice President be officially remembered for the audit of the qualifications for the leader.
“That suggestion was then sent to the Seventh Parliament which then, at that point gave the endorsement and it is currently to be executed. It is, thusly, false as it is being coursed that the President has endorsed payments to the First Lady and Second Lady,” he focused.
The Emolument Committee
The five-part council was set up in June 2019 by President Akufo-Addo to make proposals to him and to Parliament on the pay rates and recompenses payable, and the offices and advantages accessible to article 71 office holders.
Under the chairmanship of Prof. Ntiamoa-Baidu and which likewise had previous Majority Leader and previous Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Mr Abraham Ossei Aidooh, the Chief Executive of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, Dr Edward Kwapong, the current Director-General of the Internal Audit Agency, Dr Eric Oduro Osae, and a previous Managing Director, Donewell Life Insurance Co. Ltd, Mrs Stella Segbawu, the council had two terms of reference.
They were charged to make suggestions in regard of remittances and different advantages for article 71 office holders, as indicated under the Constitution; and furthermore to inspect some other applicable matter which the Committee considered suitable to its work.
Comparable board of trustees, set up previously, were at different focuses led by Prof. Miranda Greenstreet, Mrs Mary Chinery-Hesse, Mr Ishmael Yamson, Prof. Marian Ewurama Addy, and Prof. Francisca Edu-Buandoh.
In introducing the Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee, President Akufo-Addo, then, at that point, asked them to bring to the table the work and remember for their thoughts, the work and suggestions of those past boards of trustees to have the option to set up textures.