Rebecca-Akufo-Addo, as well as the second lady and wife of the vice president, Samira Bawumia, will be receiving monthly salaries from the government of Ghana going forward.
A Ghanaweb report states that the government made this decision after adopting a recommendation by an emolument committee that had been approved by the seventh parliament.
In contrast to what was practised by previous governments, this new arrangement ensures that spouses of both Akufo-Addo and Bawumia are paid.
There were earlier reports that had suggested President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had unilaterally decided to pay his wife and the wife of his Vice, Dr Bawumia.
The information minister, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah has however clarified that the approval was done by the previous parliament.
Oppong Nkrumah added that all surviving spouses of heads of state have been receiving salaries since president Kufuor’s tenure.
“The truth of the matter is that all surviving spouses of Heads of State, current and former, have always received salaries since President Kufuor’s time,” he said.
The Information Minister stressed that the emolument committee recommended that the wives be paid and that was approved by the seventh parliament.
“That recommendation was then forwarded to the Seventh Parliament which then gave the approval and it is now to be implemented. It is, therefore, not true as it is being circulated that the President has approved of emoluments to the First Lady and Second Lady,” he added.