Togbe Afede XIV, Agbogbomefia of Asogli State has refunded an amount of GH¢365,392.67 paid into his bank account as Ex-gratia for serving as a member of Council of State from 2017 to 2020 to the state.
According to Togbe Afede, the said payment has been refunded to the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department Suspense Account at the Bank of Ghana after he realized payment of the said amount into his account.
In a statement to clarify publications and comments about his refund of Ex-gratia for serving as a member of Council of State to the State, Togbe Afede said, while working on his tax returns towards the end of the year, he received tax receipts from the Council of State Secretariat that indicated that same money was paid into his bank account in July 2021 as “Ex Gratia” for his four-year work as a member of the Council of State, 2017-2020.
In addition to that, his statement captured how he got a confirmed notice from his bankers on the payment of the money.
He said “I applied for and received a statement from my bankers that confirmed that indeed some money was paid into my account. I eventually confirmed from the Council of State Secretariat that the sum of GH¢365,392.67 was paid into my account and Ex Gratia.
He stated th at “I did not think the payment was made to trap me, as is being speculated. I believe it was paid to everybody who served in the Council of State.
“However, I thought that extra payment was inappropriate for a short, effectively part-time work, for which I received a monthly salary and was entitled to privileges. So, I was uncomfortable with it.
Narrating further, Togbe Afede XIV said after weeks of trying, he obtained advice on how to refund inappropriate payments to the State, and on March 4, 2022, he made the refund into the Controller & Accountant General’s Department Suspense Account at the Bank of Ghana.
In his letter to the Secretary, Council of State, he stated that “It was a great honour for me to have served on the Council of State for four years, 2017-2020.
“Even though I served as Chairman, of one of the three (3) committees of the Council, the Economy and Special Development Initiatives Committee and participated fully in the Council activities.
“I do not think my work merited the payment to me of a colossal sum of GH¢365,392.67 as Ex Gratia in addition to the salary I enjoyed from what was effectively a part-time job.”
Togbe Afede finally stated point blank that, his rejection of the payment was consistent with his general abhorrence of the payment of huge Ex Gratia and other outrageous benefits to people who have by their own volition offered to serve our poor country.
READ BELOW, THE FULL STATEMENT FROM TOGBE AFEDE