Ghanaians are demanding for the evidence that would prove that indeed, First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akuffo-Addo had refunded all the monies she received in allowances and/or salaries since her husband, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo, assumed office in January, 2017.
After the Prof Yaa Ntiamoa-Badu Committee notified the general public about the decision of government to backdate and pay first and second ladies of the republic which has been approved by Parliament, the decision has met a public backlash and forced the first lady to refund all the monies paid her.
In a statement issued and signed by Mrs Shirley Laryea, Director of Communications at the Office of the First Lady in the Jubilee House and sent to the Chief of Staff, the First Lady indicated explicitly that she had refunded all the amount of money paid her since 2017 via the Consolidated Bank Ghana on a cheque numbered 000002.
On Monday, July 12, 2021, First Lady, Rebecca Akuffo-Addo issued a statement saying that she has had a consultation with her, husband, the President of the republic, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo and decided to refund all the monies paid her since 2017.
According to Mrs Rebecca Akuffo-Addo, the payment of the monies did not start during her time, but rather she came to meet it. She however, indicated that she will continue to serve her country in matters of education, welfare, health, and helping and empowering the girl child.
However, comments on media shows that the public is not convinced that the First Lady has actually fulfilled her promise. According to them, there is absolutely no evidence to attest to the fact that she had really done what she claimed to do.
Some Ghanaians are demanding for evidence in the form of a picture of the Cheque she signed. Some are also saying that politicians are capable of anything and that this could be just something to camouflage the media to stop talking about the entire issue.
Some expressed much gratitude to the First Lady and think that she had done the needful, and that such huge amount would help develop the country. Others are sympathetic and argue that Ghanaians must take it easy on them and give them the money back.
Meanwhile, some are demanding for that of the Former First Lady Lordina Mahama and the Former Second Lady. They said that they can't wait to hear from them.
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