One of the interesting issues that has dominated the headlines this week is the decision of Parliament to approve a recommendation to pay the spouses of the President and the Vice President. According to many, since the wives are not elected like their husbands, there is no need to pay them. Yesterday, former President reacted to this decision and he disagreed with the move to formalize the process of paying the spouses of the First and Second Gentlemen of the land.
Today, Saturday, July 10, 2021 on TV3’s ‘The Keypoints’, Edem Agbana, the NDC National Deputy Youth Organizer and Richard Nyamah, A Deputy Director of Communications of the NPP joined Abena Tabi to discuss the emoluments ascribed to the spouses of Presidents and Vice president.
“Nowhere has it been written that salaries should be given to spouses of Presidents and Vice Presidents. To this extent, this is a grand design and agenda to misinform and pollute the minds of the public. The media is culpable. You seem to be treating us to a cocktail of misinformation. I am bemused that Ghanaians will prefer that we do this behind the scenes. There is no salary stated in the recommendation document. If you feel we are not ready for this, then we should have an anarchical state.
Unfortunately, the immediate former past president has made a comment on this matter. He indicates that the formalization of this has to find legal basis. For me that is the point. Can he for instance point to Ghanaians how much allowances he paid to his wife as the First Lady then. He should come and tell us” Richard Nyamah explained.
The conversation is still ongoing. Already 2 NDC MPs have taken the issue to the Supreme Court for clarification. Abronye of the NPP has done same. Wereko Brobbey has also petitioned Alban Bagbin for clarification.
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