First Lady Rebecca Akufo Addo Rejects Salary Payment; Set To Refund Ghc899,000 Paid Into Account
The first lady of the republic Rebecca Akufo Addo has rejected the payment of salaries to first ladies and the second lady of the country.
In a statement released, the first lady has disclosed that she will be refunding the already paid amount in her account. The statement also says the first lady is against the approval of the payment of salaries to First and Second Ladies in Ghana.
A statement issued on Monday, July 12 said “The First Lady has taken note of the ongoing conversation in the nation, following on from recommendations and the bipartisan approval by Parliament, as mandated by the Constitution as the body which approves the emoluments of the Executive.
“It is important to state that payment of such allowances existed and was made to previous First Ladies in the course of the 4th Republic, prior to Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo becoming First Lady, Mrs Akufo-Addo did not request to be paid any allowance. She only received that which existed and attached to her status, albeit informally.
“That not withstanding, the public discussion has been laced with some extremely negative opinions, in some cases, which she finds distasteful, seeking to portray her as a venal, self-serving and self-centered woman who does not care about the plight of ordinary Ghanaian.
“In view of this the First Lady, in consultation with the President of the Republic has decided to refund all monies paid her as allowances from the date of the President’s assumption of office i.e. from January 2017 to date, amounting to GHS899,097.84.”