First Lady has displayed conscience for rejecting monthly salary – Prof Gyampo

A Political Science Lecturer at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo has described the move by the First Lady to reject the new emoluments approved for her by Parliament.

The Director for the Centre for European Studies said refunding the said allowances as stated by the First Lady’s office is timely, citing the country’s ailing economy.

Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo announced the rejection of the monthly salaries that had already been approved by Parliament after the government had come under fire for agreeing to the recommendation for the First and Second Ladies to be paid salaries equivalent to cabinet ministers.

First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo.

In an interview with Eric Ahianyo on the Morning Update on TV XYZ, the Lecturer indicated the President and his Vice are paid to cover the expenses of their families so there is no need for their wives to receive monthly salaries, stressing it doesn’t have any legal backing.

“If she’s able to do that, it’s something that is commendable for the First Lady to refund. She’s displayed some level of conscience” he said

Gyampo emphasized that the move to pay presidential spouses would open the floodgates for more needless appointments to be made in the offices of the spouses of the president and his vice.

He said not only would that prevent a burden on the national purse but also help fight corruption at the Presidency.

Lauding Mrs Akufo-Addo, Gyampo further stated that regardless of the role she plays in supporting her husband,  it doesn’t warrant her to receive salaries.

Second Lady Rejects Emoluments

Meanwhile, the Second Lady, Mrs. Samira Bawumia, has also rejected the new emoluments after harsh criticism from a section of Ghanaians on both social and traditional media,

Mrs Samira Bawumia, Wife of Vice President Bawumia

“The Second Lady, H.E. Samira Bawumia in consultation with H.E. the Vice President, will refund all allowances paid to her since 2017, and will not accept any monies allocated to her pursuant to the recommendations of the Prof. Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu led committee, as approved by Parliament on 6th January 2021,” a statement signed by Kwame Twum, Senior Aide to the Second Lady announced Tuesday.



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