National Communications officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi has disclosed that former first lady, Lordina Mahama was only paid Ghc8,000 every three months as allowances.
Speaking on Okay FM on Tuesday, he said the payment of the emolument was a long held practice to support spouses of former presidents; adding that they further enjoyed other benefits from the state including free security and healthcare.
“The agreement was that all former first ladies who were facing some challenges were going to receive some allowance every three months. The Rawlings government did for Fathia (Nkrumah), Busia’s wife and other former first ladies.
They also did it for sitting spouses that every three months, they’ll be given some allowances. The money was not huge. In fact, former first lady Lordina Mahama took GH¢8,000 every three months. The allowance was not the only thing the country did for them, they were given offices for their charity works and other activities. Government paid for the operation of their offices and gave them cars,” he added.
This comes after pressure from CSOs and opposition parties calling on the former first lady to refund allowances paid her following Rebecca Akufo-Addo’s decision to refund her allowances.