The first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo has described as distasteful the commentary that has surrounded the spousal salaries brouhaha. Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo has turned down the offer to pay her salary, as recommended by the Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu led committee on emoluments. Her decision comes after a backlash from the public some of whom have questioned the constitutionality of the recommendation of the committee.
The first lady in a statement announcing the decision said “the public discussion has been laced with some extremely negative opinions, in some cases, which she finds distasteful, seeking to portray her as a venal, self-serving and self-centered woman, who does not care about the plight of the ordinary Ghanaian.
“The First Lady has also decided not to accept any monies that have been allocated to be paid to her pursuant to the recommendations of the Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee, as approved by Parliament. She is doing this as a purely personal decision, without prejudice to the rights of others, and not to undermine the propriety of the process undertaken by Parliament”.
Mrs. Akufo-Addo aside turning down the salary payment offer also announced that she will refund all allowances paid her since 2017 when President Akufo-Addo assumed office.
“In view of this, the First Lady, in consultation with the President of the Republic, has decided to refund all monies paid to her as allowances from the date of the President’s assumption of office, i.e., from January 2017 to date, amounting to GH$899,097.84”.
Read her full statement below