“We’ll challenge ‘unconstitutional’ presidential spouses’ allowance at Supreme Court” – NDC youth

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The youth wing of the opposition National Democratic Congress, NDC, says the endorsement of stipends for the spouses of Presidents and Vice Presidents is illegal.

They have in this way reported that they will challenge the move at the Supreme Court.

A five-part remittance advisory group which was set up in June 2019 by President Nana Akufo-Addo in addition to other things suggested the said recompense.

As per the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, this proposal has been supported by Parliament.

He clarified that the remittance installment had been done discreetly before, however the Akufo-Addo government chose to formalize it.

There are reports that, per this strategy, the companions of the two first refined men of the state will procure the very pay rates as that of bureau clergymen.

This has made a gigantic public kickback.

The NDC youth wing, in a press articulation endorsed by its National Youth Organizer, George Opare Addo, said it will not permit the suggestion to be executed.

As per the NDC youth, the move is an assault on the 1992 Constitution, subsequently their position.

“It is instructive to point out that we find the attempt to institutionalize the payment of salaries to the spouses of the President and the Vice President as an attack on the constitution of the country.”

“The provisions of article 71 of the 1992 Constitution is elaborate and unambiguous by listing the public officials bound to draw their salaries from the Consolidated Fund.”

The NDC youth contend that the Emolument Committee doesn’t have the forces to make the said suggestion, thus should not be clung to.

“Indeed, the Constitution never clothed the Emolument Committee any power to introduce any category of persons to benefit from the Consolidated fund without due regard to article 108.”

“It is our considered view that the Committee erred in making such recommendation. The bully approval process by the NPP majority in the last Parliament and subsequent acquiescence of President Akufo-Addo of the recommendation is an unjustifiable assault on the Constitution, which must not go unchallenged.”

The NDC youth in the articulation said: “In line with this, the Youth Wing will in the coming days invoke the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to declare this cancerous and insensitive act unconstitutional.”