The Second Lady, Samira Bawumia, has rejected government’s decision to put her on a monthly salary pursuant to a recommendation by a Presidential emoluments committee.
In a statement issued by her senior aide, Kwame Twum, she said she “will refund all allowances paid to her since 2017.”
She added that she “will not accept any monies allocated to her pursuant to the recommendations of the Prof. Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu led committee, as approved by Parliament on 6th January 2021.”
Below is the full statement:
First lady refunds cash
Meanwhile, the First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has served notice she is returning to the government some GHC899, 000 paid to her as allowances since 2017 after a public hue and cry over a decision to pay her and the second lady, Samira Bawumia, monthly salaries.
The decision to put the two spouses on government’s payroll was based on a recommendation made by the Presidential committee on emoluments for Article 71 office holders.
“…The public discussion has been laced with some extremely negative opinions, in some cases, which she finds distasteful, seeking to portray her as venal, self-serving and self-centered woman, who does not care about the plight of the ordinary Ghanaian,” a statement from the Office of the First Lady on Monday (12 July) said.
“In view of this, the First Lady, in consultation with the President of the Republic, 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 GHC899,097.84.
“The First Lady has also decided not to accept any monies that have been allocated to be paid to her pursuant to the recommendations of the Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee, as approved by Parliament,” the statement added.
Read full statement below:
Source: Daily Mail GH