Presidential Wives Salary: First And Second Ladies Reject Controversial Salary

Information gathered has it that the First and Second Ladies of the land has rejected the emoluments committee recommendation on Presidential Wives Salary

According to Asaase News, the two spouses have already communicated their decision to Jubilee House after committee submitted their reports.

Another source familiar with the decision of the two leading ladies says that both women, who had nothing to do with the decision to formally recognise their work with remuneration, are concerned by the public hue and cry on the Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu committee report.

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The source argue that they have managed to undertake their numerous public engagements and charity work without any established remuneration and believe the rejection should not disturb the carrying out of their various duties.

The source further indicates that First and Second Ladies, who have managed their supporting roles over the years without controversy, are most uncomfortable about the disturbance the policy is causing particularly in the political space and as a result, they are unwilling to accept the structured remuneration.

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The source stressed that the two spouses, however, recognize that the payments, approved by Parliament, are for the office they hold, and, as such, they are not, therefore, challenging the decision.

However, as individuals, they are exercising their rights not to accept the controversial payments.

It also underlines the respect they have for public opinion on the use of the public purse, another source added.

Committee Recommendation

The Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu committee report dated the 18th of June 2020, submitted its recommendations to President Akufo-Addo in fulfilment of the Article 71 provision of the 1992 constitution which enjoins every sitting President before the end of his four (4) year mandate, to set up a committee to make recommendations on the emoluments for Article 71 office holders.

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As part of the five (5) member committee’s report, they recommended the payment of a salary equivalent to a Cabinet Minister who is a Member of Parliament (MP) to the First Lady while her husband is in office and the Payment of a salary equivalent to 80% of salary of a Minister of State who is a Member of Parliament (MP) if the spouse served one full term as President or 100% of salary of a Minister of State who is a Member of Parliament (MP) if the spouse served two or more full terms as President.

With the Second Lady, the committee’s report, recommended the payment of a salary equivalent to a Cabinet Minister who is not a Member of Parliament (MP) to the Second Lady while her husband is in office and the Payment of a salary equivalent to 80% of salary of a Minister of State who is not a Member of Parliament (MP) if the spouse served one full term as President or 100% of salary of a Minister of State who is a Member of Parliament (MP) if the spouse served two or more full terms as Vice President.

Source: news.thedistin.com

post by: Kovey Mawuli for thedistin.com.
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