Information picked by Coverghana.com.gh suggests that the First Lady Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo and the Second Lady Mrs. Samira Bawumia have rejected the offer to have them paid a monthly salary.
This information was first disclosed by a social media activist and Communications team member of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government popularly known as Sir-Obama Pokuase.
In a Facebook post, Sir-Obama Pokuase said, “Mmes Rebecca Akufo-Addo and Samira Bawumia have rejected the offer to have them paid a monthly salary.”
He has also indicated that, an official notice from the offices of the proposed beneficiaries will be issued in the coming days.
In the wake of the week, there have been public disagreement on several social media platforms opposing the payment of salary to Presidential spouses.
This came following the recommendation from the Prof. Ntiamoah Badu Commission of Emoluments for Presidential wives.
Most well-meaning Ghanaians have contended that the committee’s terms of reference did not include fixing emoluments for Mrs. Samira Bawumia and Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, hence are surprised that the committee added that to its recommendations.
Ghanaians believe that, Prof. Ntiamoah Badu Commission acted outside of its mandate by making a recommendation for payment of salary to Presidential spouses especially Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo and Mrs. Samira Bawumia under Article 71 office holders.
The five-member Prof. Ntiamoah Badu emolument committee was set up in June 2019 by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to make recommendations on the salaries and other gratuities of Article 71 office holders.
Many Ghanaians expressed disappointment with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government after the recommendations to pay the wives of the President and his Vice surfaced.
But, barely a week after the discussion became a national issue, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo and Mrs. Samira Bawumia were reported to have rejected the offer to be paid a monthly salary as proposed by the Committee.
In a Facebook post, Sir-Obama Pokuase said;
Read below, the full statement issued by the office of the First Lady.