First lady Mrs Rebecca Akuffo Addo turns down salary, vows to refund money received since 2017

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The first lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akuffo Addo, says she can’t accept the renumeration approve to her by Parliament.

She has decided to refund to the state all the money paid to her from 2017 till date.

In a statement signed by the Director of Communication at the office of the first lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akuffo Addo, said “she has been in consultation with the, President Akuffo Addo, decided to refund monies paid to her as allowances from the date of president assumption in office from January 2017 to date.”

The statement explained, “the decision was taken by the first lady following public discussions of the issue which has been placed with extremely negative opinions in some cases.”

The statement referred to the recommendations of Professor Ntiamoah Baidu Committee, which established by article 71 of the constitution among other things regularize the payment of allowances to spouses of the current president and the vice president, former heads of states, president and vice president, as part of privileges to the president and vice president, under article 71 of the constitution.

Furthermore, he said, “the first lady has taken note of an ongoing conversation of issues following recommendation by parliament as mandated by the constitution as the body which approves the renumerations of the executives.”
He explained that, “the payment of such allowances existed and was made to previous first ladies in the course of the fourth republic prior to Mrs. Rebecca  Akuffo became the first lady.”

“Also, the first lady does not want these matters to be the destruction of the good work the president – who is currently touring Savannah and Upper West Regions.”

“The first lady will continue to support the president for the execution and mandated trusted to him by the good people of Ghana,” he added.