Yesterday, March 17, 2021 the Senior Vice President of IMANI Ghana, Kofi Bentil, expressed his sentiments about the numerous incentive packages some public sector workers are entitled to receive after serving the country.
According to him, the government should do the needful by cancelling retirement benefit (Ex-Gratia) which is stipulated in the constitution (Act.71). This is because it put heavy financial burden on the consolidated fund of Ghana.
“It’s time to cancel all ExGratia and resolve Article 71. If we don’t, one day posterity will conclude that Ghana’s leaders just looted her”, he said.
However, the Executive Director of Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Professor Henry Kwasi Prempeh, opposed the time frame set by Kofi Bentil to achieve the modification of Act (71). He believes that Article 71 of the 1992 constitution of Ghana should be treated us constitutional crises which needs an amendment now in order to give financial space for developmental projects.
He replied Kofi Bentil's post by stating that
“Posterity? Why wait that long?”
Note that Article 71(1) gives the President power, in consultation with the Council of State and a committee (not more than 5 members) composed by him to determine the salaries and allowances (including Ex-Gratia) of ; Speaker and Deputy Speakers and members of Parliament, Chief Justice and other Justices of the Supreme Court, Auditor-General, the Chairman and Deputy Chairperson of Electoral Commission, the Commissioner and Deputy of CHRAJ, DCEs or MCEs and other heads of Public institutions.
However, Article 71 (2) gives the parliament power to approve the salaries and allowances of the President and Vice President, and other members of the Executive Arm of government.
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