Director of Advocacy and Policy at CDD Ghana, Dr. Kojo Pumpuni Asante, has said that he faults the emoluments committee because he believes they could've done a better job at dealing with the payment of allowances to the spouses of the President and the Vice-president.
Dr. Kojo Pumpuni Asante made this statement via zoom on 'THE BIG ISSUE' on CITI TV yesterday, 10th July 2021, when he gave his opinion on the payment of the spouses of the president and the Vice-president.
According to him, there is nothing wrong with providing for the spouses of former presidents, but indirectly trying to expand the scope of Article 71 officeholders to capture them is illegal.
"I was expecting the emoluments committee to give the justification that this is why we should continue this practice because the first and second Ladies serve some roles and thus their time has to be compensated. I fault the committee because I think they could have done a better job dealing with this matter rather than saying something that was not right.This is a problem because the first and the second Ladies are not appointed officers of any kind, even though their office is financed with the public purse."
He said that the payment of salaries to unelected first and second Ladies is suggesting that the president or the Vice-president can give salaries to their sons and daughters, and it will be fine.
He added that paying the spouses of the President and the Vice-president is a distortion of Article 71, it's illegal, and he thinks that it must be corrected immediately.
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