After the announcement was made that the spouses of the Ghanaian vice president and president would both receive monthly payments, there was a huge emotional outburst in the public.
Several reports indicated that this was approved by Ghana’s seventh parliament after a committee on emoluments recommended it.
As a result, the First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, and the Second Lady, Samira Bawumia, will be placed on a government monthly-pay scheme from now on.
This move has the disapproval of many organizations and personnel, including the Traders Union Congress (TUC).
Reports by Starr FM show that President Akufo Addo will receive 47,277, Rebecca Akufo-Addo 33,270, Mahamudu Bawumia 39,397, and Samira Bawumia 33,270.
Check out the infographics presented by Starr Fm below
On the flyer above, Speaker Bagbin will take 34,146, Chief Justice Kwasi Annin Yeboah, 35,021, EC Chairperson Jean Adukwei Mensah, 31,519 and Council of State members 28455.
The Traders Union Congress disagrees with how things have been handled.
In their view, the government should not pay the spouses a dime since it violates Article 71 of the constitution, which states that only government employees are entitled to be paid.
Moreover, in this case, the first and second ladies are not public appointees, so they are ineligible to be paid by government.
Several Ghanaians claim that the government wastes taxpayers’ money on unneeded expenses.