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Ghana's first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo rejects salary, insist on refunding paid allowances
 
By: Abara Blessing Oluchi
Tue, 13 Jul 2021   ||   Nigeria,
 

Tuesday- 13th July, 2021: Ghana’s first Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo has declined the offer for her to be paid allowances which was recently approved by the country’s parliament, following a public outcry over salaries.

According to a statement, she has offered to refund all the allowances she has received since the president assumed office in 2017.

She said in the statement that she had “decided to refund all monies paid to her as allowances” amounting to 899,097.84 Ghanaian cedis ($151,618; £109,111).

She said she did not request to be paid and had “only received that which existed and attached to her status, albeit informally”.

The decision to refund the money was in view of the “extremely negative opinion, 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 the ordinary Ghanaian”, the statement added.

Last week, Ghanaians expressed outrage at the decision by MPs to approve salaries for the wives of the president and vice-president for the supportive role they play.

They were set to receive about $3,500 (£2,500) a month, the same amount as cabinet ministers following a 2019 recommendation by a parliamentary committee.

The first lady and second lady have always been given allowances over the years as part of executive privileges.

 

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