Three private citizens have petitioned the regional jurisdiction of the CHRAJ, Kumasi office seeking some reliefs on payment of allowances to first and second ladies from 2000 to 2021 excluding 1993 to 2000.
The petition was issued by Lordy Osei-Poku, and Essel-Mills Michael and Keskine Owusu Poku in their private capacity as citizens of Ghana, follows a refund and boycott of allowances by the current first and second ladies in response to huge public agitations against recommendations of Professor Baidu Committee approved by parliament, which will see the first and second a formalized monthly salaries equivalent of a cabinet minister.
The first second and second ladies have always enjoyed informal allowance since the inception of the fourth republic.
Their allowance is informal because they don't hold any public office except they perform ceremonial functions.
Osei-Poku and Essel-Mills Michael in a statement after the petition said, they seek four reliefs for CHRAC concerning the presidential spousal allowance matter at the time of payment from 2000 to 2021.
The reliefs they seek is as follows:
a. Investigate the legal propriety of the payment of allowances to wives of incumbent Presidents and Vice Presidents, and demand a refund same if found inappropriate;
b. Investigate a possible case of conflict of interest in the determination of the amount paid as an allowance to incumbent First and Second Ladies at the time of payment;
c. A disclosure of the entire amount paid to all sitting First and Second Ladies (on an individual basis) from 2009 to 2021;
d. Make consequential order and recommendations for the consideration of the State.
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