The news desk of Coverghana.com.gh has intercepted a letter and a report detailing the Approved Salary adjustments for Article 71 Office Holders from 2017 to 2021 under President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s presidency.
According to the letter, this is to enforce the implementation of the Report of the Professor Yaa Ntiamoah Presidential Committee on Emoluments for Article 71 Office Holders (2017 – 2021) as it affects Justices of the superior Courts of Judicature, the Executive among others.
In the letter to the Minister of Finance Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta, His Lordship the Chief Justice said, he has been notified by the Chief of Staff of the Office of the President that, in pursuance of Article 71(1) of the 1992 Constitution, His Excellency the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has upon further consideration of the recommendations of the Report of the Presidential Committee on Emoluments (2017-2021), approved some new salary structures as adjusted for Justices of the Superior Courts of Judicature for implementation.
The letter further indicated that His Excellency the President has determined that the facilities/privileges/benefits for Chief Justice and Justices of the Superior Courts of Judicature in the attached letter (in tabular form) with reference no. SCR/DA97/478/01/A dated 9th April 2021 are approved.
In reference to the letter, the salary of the Chief Justice has been adjusted from GH¢25,981 in 2017 to GH¢35,918 in 2021, Salary for the Supreme Court Judges has been adjusted from GH¢25,315 in 2017 to GH¢34,997 in 2021.
The letter again said, the salary for Court of Appeal Judges which stands at GH¢23,982 in 2017 has been increased to GH¢33,155 in 2021 and salary for High Court Judges is expected to be adjusted from GH¢21,318 in 2017 to GH¢29,471 in 2021.
Below is the table of Salary adjustments for Ghanaian Judges.
|Supreme Court Judges||84||25,315||28,200||31,415||34,997|
|Court Of Appeal Judges||80||23,982||26,716||29,762||33,155|
|High Court Judges||71||21,318||23,748||26,455||29,471|
RECOMMENDED SALARIES FOR PRESIDENT AND HIS VICE UNDER ARTICLE 71 OFFICE HOLDERS (2017 – 2021)
According to the Ministry of Finance Reports, the recommended salaries for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia under the Article 71 Office Holders has made an appreciable and valuable salary increament under the year of review.
The table below has also detailed the Salary adjustments for the President and his Vice President.
(Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo)
Below is the salary adjustment for the leadership of Parliament and Members of Parliament.
This surfaced after the some Public Sector Workers expressed their displeasure and disappointment towards the Trade Unions Congress for accepting a meager 4% salary increament for them as against a whopping 79% salary adjustment for Article 71 Office Holders.
The group have since hit the street in different styles to demand for proper Conditions of Service for Public Sector Workers excluding Article 71 Office Holders across the Country. According to some of them, the current state of the economy given COVID-19 challenges makes it appropriate to call on Article 71 Office Holders to sacrifice for all Ghanaians.
Some of them suggested that salaries and emoluments of Article 71 Office Holders should be reduced by fifty per cent (50%) while the salaries of workers increased between 25 to 50 per cent to make up for the short-fall in remuneration.
Other workers also expressed the same sentiments and called on the TUC and other labours unions to reopen salary negotiations for 2021 immediately.
ARTICLE 71 OFFICE HOLDERS
As per the 1992 Constitution, Article 71 Office Holders include the President, the Vice-President, the Speaker of Parliament, the Chief Justice and Justices of the Supreme Court.
Others are Members of Parliament, Ministers of State, political appointees and public servants with salaries charged to the Consolidated Fund but enjoying special constitutional privileges.
Article 71 (1) and (2) of the 1992 Constitution stipulates that the determination of the salaries and allowances of the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary paid from the Consolidated Fund would be determined by the President, on the recommendations of a committee of not more than five persons appointed by him and acting upon the advice of the Council of State.
In determining the salaries of the President, his Ministers and political appointees, as well as the members of the Council of State, the Constitution states that Parliament will determine that based on the advice of the same committee.
2021 TO 2024 SALARY ADJUSTMENT FOR ARTICLE 71 OFFICE HOLDERS
According to available information, the salary for Article 71 Office Holders from 2021 to 2024 will be determined in 2024 after a committee is set up by the President.
ALLOWANCES, EX-GRATIA AND OTHERS
It’s reported that, allowances, ex-gratia are not part of the salaries you see in the table above excluding free vehicles and fuel, free utility levies, rent, security, clothing allowances and others for some Article 71 Office Holders.
It’s is believed that, similar things happened under former Heads of States including Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kuffuor, Prof. John Evan Atta Mills and John Dramani Mahama.