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Mahama promise to pay Assemblymen monthly stipend; this is Hajia Alima Mahama’s response.

Mr. John Dramani Mahama, the former President and the flag bearer of the biggest opposition party; the National Democratic Congress, during a campaign trail promised to pay assemblymen a monthly stipend or salary if he captures power after the 2020 general elections.

The Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has once responded to this campaign promise of Mr. Mahama. This however, seems not to be enough. Hajia Alima Mahama, the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, who also doubles as the Member of Parliament for the Nalerigu/Gambaga constituency has once again responded to the campaign promise of Mr. Mahama.

Hajia Alima Mahama, during an interview on Accra based Asempa 94.7 FM asserted that, she has a problem with payment of allowance to Assemblymen. She said that, it is not justified under the law and the NPP has rather resolved to help assemblymen increase their revenue generating capacity so that, their allowances can be increased.

She further added that paying assemblymen monthly stipends is not entrenched in the constitution. Changing of the whole decentralization structure is the only path to paying such monthly allowance. Assemblymen are part time workers unlike MP’s who are full time workers; so any promise to take money from the central government to pay them, ‘assemblymen’ is a deception since the constitution does not allow it; she added.

Hajia Alima stressed that, the work of assemblymen is structured to be part time, so nobody can take money from the consolidated fund to pay them.

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Accra Assemblymen Hajia Alima Mahama John Dramani Mahama Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

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