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Your account must be probed, with payment of interest on allowances– Minority- first lady

BY: Mary Quartey

The Minority Caucus in Parliament is calling for a probe into the accounts of the First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, by the Auditor General after she announced the release of a cheque of GHS899,097.84 to the State to settle all allowances paid to her from January 7, 2017, to date.

Addressing the press outside Chamber on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, Deputy Minority Leader, James Klutse Avedzi, said there was the need for clarity on the use of the allowance and the exact source of the repaid amount.

“Since 2017 that she started taking this salary, does it mean that she doesn’t spend the money and she kept the money in her account all this while? If the answer is yes; it means that she did not need this money so why did she take the money in the first place?” He questioned

Dr. Avedzi noted that there was the need to compute the interest that the money would have accrued and pay same to the government.

Furthermore he said, “all state funding of her NGO should be audited by the Auditor-General and all that money should be refunded to the state because she is not interested in receiving state support.”

However, he stated that for transparency’s sake, the Auditor General must ascertain that there is sufficient money in her account so that the cheque that she has issued will not bounce.

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