Saturday, 18th September 2021
People are always quick to point fingers at politicians accusing them of taking fat salaries. Most of the time, these people fail to find out the facts about what they say especially as they see these politicians drive V8 and live luxury lifestyle. Inasmuch as some of these allegations are true, truth is there are politicians whose interests are to serve and nothing more.
The member of parliament for Old Tafo constituency in the Ashanti region has disclosed that he didn't receive salary for the four years he served as Public Relations Officer at the Ministry of Education. Hon. Vincent Ekow Assafua made this disclosure on Critical Issues, a current affair program on UTV today monited by CitizenOne.
He told sit in host, Agya Kwabena that, he was asked to serve by his boss Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh who was the sector minister. He said throughout the four years, he never received salary and he didn't demand for same even though it didn't affect his output. "It is even by boss who will from time to time dash me tokens from his own salary", he proudly stated. He therefore admonished all government appointees to place value in what they can offer to the nation rather than what they can benefit from nation.
During the era of former President John Mahama, he taxed himself and all his appointees 10% of their salaries which were used to construct health facilities known as CHPS compounds in the rural communities. This deduction lasted four his four years in office. It will be recalled that at the peak of covid-19 pandemic, President Akuffo Addo and his vice donated three months salaries into the covid-19 fund.
Likewise, former President John Mahama spent almost one million Ghana Cedis to procure PPEs and other relief items for hospitals across the nation. One may argue that on top of these, they stay in big mansions and drive big cars provided by the state and of course some may be corrupt. That notwithstanding, there are politicians who have clean hearts.
I believe these are the kind of politicians Ghana needs in order to develop. Leave your opinions in the comments section.
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