Calculate the interest and pay that too – Minority to Mrs Akufo-Addo

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The Minority in Parliament have asked the First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo to calculate the interest accrued on the total amount of money paid her as allowances since 2017 and add it to the actual amount of money she has refunded to the state.

Mrs Akufo-Addo has refunded all the allowances paid her since 2017.

On Tuesday July 13, she issued a Consolidated Bank Ghana Limited cheque for GH¢899,097.84 as a refund of all allowances received since 2017.

She had announced on Monday, July 12, that due to the “extremely negative opinions” which have laced conversations on her allowances, she was refunding every pesewa.

She also served notice not to receive any monies that have been allocated to be paid to her pursuant to recommendations of the Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee, which was tasked in 2019 to review emoluments of Article 71 office holders.

She found the public debate “distasteful, seeking to portray her as a venal, self-serving and self-centered woman who does not care about the plight of ordinary Ghanaian”.

Barely 24 hours after that, her office has written to the Chief of Staff, Frema Osei Opare, to present the cheque number for the full refund of the monies.

“Her Excellency, the First Lady remains committed to her role as First Lady and is devoted to her charity work championing the wellbeing of women and children in Ghana,” wrote Mrs Shirley Laryea of the Office of the First Lady.

Second Lady Samira Bawumia has also announced that she will refund all allowances paid her since 2017, when her husband became the Vice President of Ghana.

A statement issued by her office on Tuesday, July 13 also indicated that Mrs Bawumia will not accept any monies allocated her as per recommendations by the Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee.

“Mrs Bawumia continues to be committed to the service of the nation,” the statement noted.

It added that she stays committed “to deliver humanitarian interventions and initiatives in the areas of health, education and economic development”.

Addressing a press conference in Parliament on this development on Tuesday July 13, James Kluste Avedzi who is the Member of Parliament for Ketu North said “Since 2017 that she started receiving these salaries, does it mean that she doesn’t spend the money, she kept the money in her account all this while?

“If the answer is yes it means she did not need the money so why did she take the money in the first place? If that is the case, refunding the money now you must also compute the interest that the money would have accrued and pay that money same to government.”

By Laud Nartey||Ghana

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