One of the revered men in Ghana when it comes to public discourse based on records is the Managing Editor of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Abdul Malik Kwaku Baako Junior. He is known to have records that no one can match in the country. Therefore when he speaks, many people tend to agree more with him than any other person in Ghana.
Mr. Kweku Baako has watered down the argument being made in opposition to the proposal to pay the wives of the President and Vice-President. There are currently two scenarios in the ongoing debate. The first is the existing administrative arrangements that began from the year 2000 and the current one, which is an attempt to formalize those administrative arrangements. According to Mr. Kwaku Baako, as far back as 2016, there were recommendations on the need for the formalization of these arrangements for spouses of former Presidents.
According to the man who was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by the University for Professional Studies (UPSA) for his continued research work to shape public discourses, the reality of the matter is that Ghana has moved in the last 21 years trying to recognize the roles first and second ladies play, adding that it has even been extended to former first and second ladies.
Mr. Kwaku Baako said the idea to keep it the way it currently lacks greater transparency and accountability. He believes that formalizing the payment of the salaries will bring onboard new arrangements that will make the office of the first and second ladies accountable to the state.
A new twist of the argument is that the first and second ladies under the regime of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo and Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia have embarked on a lot of developmental projects which elected persons should have executed. When they are formalized, it means they will be made to do more projects. But the big question is what will the elected officials do? Mr. Kwaku Baako believes that such an argument will only end up playing on the emotional keyboards of people.
“I insist that as long as we have gone along this way for 21 years and we’ve left it in a way that it is not formalized, it’s dangerous. I prefer that we formalize it than live it the way it is, and stop playing on the emotional keyboards of people” he stated.
The summary of Mr. Kwaku Baako’s argument is that, even though people have different schools of thought, the promoters of the formalization idea have not done anything unconstitutional, and that people are only playing on the emotions of Ghanaians.
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