The first lady of the Republic, Rebecca Akufo-Addo has spurned the offer for her to be paid allowances.
In a press release dated July 12, 2021, the office of the first lady has, “decided to refund all monies paid to her as allowances from the date of the President’s assumption of office, i.e, from January 2017 to date, amounting to GH¢899,097.84″.
This comes on the back of recommendations by the Prof Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu-led Presidential Committee on emulation to Article 71 officeholders. The committee had commended that the First Lady be paid a salary equivalent to a Cabinet Minister who is a Member of Parliament (MP) while her husband is in office and the Payment of a salary equivalent to 80% of the 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 the salary of a Minister of State who is a Member of Parliament (MP) if the spouse served two or more full terms as President.
However, the past few days have been prevalent with concerns by the general public over the execution with many interrogating the capacity in which such an allocation would be made to the said spouses. The First Lady described some of the reactions as unpleasant and seeking to portray her as “a venal, self-serving and self-centered woman” who is thoughtless of the plight of citizens in Ghana.
According to a statement signed by the Director of Communications at the Office of the First Lady, Mrs. Akufo-Addo specified that her decision to decline the offer is a personal one “without prejudice to the rights of others and does not undermine the propriety of the process undertaken by Parliament.”
While explaining her will for her decision to rejuvenate attention back to the President’s ongoing tour of some regions, the First Lady further added that she will continue to support her husband in the implementation of his mandate as President to ensure the development of the country.
BY: Jacqueline Quaye