Private legal practitioner, Martin Kpebu has applauded the first lady of Ghana, Rebecca Akufo-Addo for taking a bold decision to return salaries paid to her since 2017 to the state. According Mr Martin Kpebu, the move by the first lady is a mark of high emotional intelligence and deserves commendation. He noted that the decision is a sign of responsiveness to the sentiments of the citizenry who are obviously going through tough times.
Speaking on Joy News' current affairs program, Newsfile, lawyer Kpebu said it is understandable why the citizens are unhappy with the decision to pay the first and second ladies such a collosal sums of money while in the first place, the state has been responsible for taking care of almost all their needs.
"The first lady has done well by recognizing that the disparities are just too much and has decided to refund the 900,000. She has shown the way and going forward, I believe that we are going to build a convention that first ladies must not take this direction".
Dr Charles Wereko Brobbey who wrote to the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Somana Kingsford Bagbin, regarding the legality of the approval of the Ntiamoa-Baidu recommendation, also commended the first lady on her decision.
Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo took the decision to return the close to 900,000 Ghana cedis she received from the state as accumulated salaries after series of criticisms from the masses. The Second lady, Samira Bawumia who also received similar payment has also indicated that she would refund the money back to the state.
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