Professor Ransford Gyampoh, a Political Science Lecturer with the University of Ghana, has waded into the debate on the payments of the wives of the President and his Vice, asking the State not to hasten in taking such a decision since it has severe consequences on the finances of the State.
He said it is his wish that whilst the government rethinks through proposals to bring equity in the systems, the particular proposal to include the wives of President and vice on payrolls of public servants must be given a proper rethink. According to him, if they still want to go ahead with that proposal, then since Lecturers are the ones who teach people to become Presidents, it will be imperative the wives of lecturers, MPs, and Judges to also be included in the payments of the wives, else it should be canceled if that cannot be done.
He explained that the President and his Vice can take care of their wives because they are paid so well, and therefore including them on the payroll of public servants cannot be a welcoming idea. For him, if the country decides to do this, there is a way the country needs to go about it. One thing Ghanaians should understand is that the Office of the President wife of the President and the Vice is just a ceremonial creation.
This simply means that they are not provided for as a formalized institution of the State. So if the state wants to formalize them, then there is the need to agree on the exact roles that they can play. The first and second ladies embarking on all forms of projects recently but we must all agree on their exact roles if they will be paid so that we can all do a proper evaluation of them as a country.
According to him, Ghana must also decide on the number of people to work in those offices (offices of the first and second ladies), and the exact job description of those people, adding that it is only when these are known that, they can be properly budgeted for.
He says the general reaction to this particular proposal has been that the Government needs to hasten on the payment of the wives for now. It will be interesting to see how the wives of lectures and other government workers will be paid. The salaries of the wives of the first and second ladies have become a huge issue in the country and if that of lecturers should be considered, I’m wondering the kind of reactions that will greet it.
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