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Speaker, Parliament Taken To The 'Cleaners' Over Approval Of First and Second Ladies Emoluments

The subject about the Prof Ntiamoa-Boadu Committee's recommendation for the payment of emoluments to the First and Second Ladies had recieve a huge public critique. Many of the arguments had challenged the constitutionality of the recommendation and the committee's function to a larger extent.

Latest to join the bandwagon is Paul Adom-Otchere, the seasoned journalist at Metro Television. He has been very critical of parliament and the Speaker for having failed to evaluate the recommendations in the context of law before approving it.

On Good Evening Ghana Show last night, Paul Adom-Otchere reiterated that call for a nullification of the recommendation by Bono Regional Chairman for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Kwame Baffoe Abronye is justified.

He wondered why the Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Alban Bagbin, and the Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament together with the entire house of legistors, could reason that the approval of the recommendation was unconstitutional.

To this end, Paul insist that a probe be conducted into the matter and the necessary actions be taken to remedy it.

"It's till quiet surprising that parliament with a Speaker who is a seasoned lawyer, with the Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee, with so many lawyers in parliament did not recognize that Article 71 upon which they are having the hearing excluded the names of the person's they were adding to the emoluments. That is quiet surprising. We need to investigate that better but it is totally shocking." He said.

He noted that any consideration for the payment of emolments should be subject to Article 71 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana. He thus, in agreement with Abronye suggested that Article 108 need to be invoked for the passage of a bill so that a charge could be made on the Consolidated Fund for the payment of emoluments to the First and Second Ladies, "parliament is satisfied with the recommendation."

"...that a bill should be introduced under Article 108 to exercise a charge on the Consolidated Fund to pay these emoluments." He emphasized.

Two law suits have been filed against the Attorney General; one by two parliamentarians of the minority National Democratic Congress (NDC), and Kwame Baffoe. All these legal actions are in disapproval of the recommendtion and subsequent approval by Parliament.

This matter had equally been condemned by some public figures including Prof. Kwasi Prempeh, the Executive Director for the Center for Democratic Development (CDD) Ghana. Other journalist including Manasseh Azure Awuni, Sulemana Braimah of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), and many others.

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