Refund of salaries: Agyin-Asare commends Akufo-Addo, Rebecca, says they’re slowly listening

The General Overseer of the Perez Chapel International, Rev Dr Charles Agyin-Asare has commended President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his wife Rebecca Akufo-Addo for returning the salaries paid to the latter by the state.

He said the refund shows that the President and his wife have given a listening ear to the voice of the people when they complained against payment of salaries to wife of president.

Speaking on the issues that give rise to military takeovers in the sub-region, at the annual security services day of national prayer at the Burma Camp, on Thursday October 21, Rev Agyin-Asare said despite low motivation and the misconduct of politicians in power, the men in uniform should continue to hold the country together.

“In our sub region, we are seeing coup detats like  in Mali, Chad and Guinea.

“These show soldiers who are no under authority but have made themselves authority . Bad as it may seem, I  will put much of the blame on the political  class of those nations.

“They change the constitution to seek their self-ambitions and increase their salaries without increasing those of the ordinary citizens , many entered into politics  without much but in four years  they own houses and  fleet of cars  whiles the populace lack basic  amenities.

“Once many of these politicians came to power became tin gods who could not be criticized without unleashing their attack dogs on the critics.

“Some governments have also turned the civil and public service upside down  by sacking competent people and  replacing them with party faithful , some of whom are very incompetent, the government also superintend over economic mismanagement

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“In our dear Ghana, we don’t want a coup d’etat. Is it that we don’t have problems  like we see in the sub regions.

“We do have  the same problems.

“Be content with your wages. It is true that most military and service personnel are poorly  remunerated  even though your job requires you  to defend the citizenry sometimes at the risk of your own lives, it is  very unfortunate that your salaries are often not commiserate with your responsibility,  that notwithstanding  taking bribes ends up affecting the same  you swore to protect.

“Please don’t let greed or the love of money drive you to want to do a coup detat.”

Nonetheless, he added “our politicians, since last year seem to be slowly listening to the voice of the citizens. When a committee  said the wife of a president and vice president should be paid, when we the citizens  said we didn’t want  it, the First and Second ladies reportedly returned what they had received.

“When they increased the salaries  of the president and his  ministers by over 50 per cent,  when we said no, the president was said to have  returned the difference of what  was taken this year  and to have put a freeze on  that of his minsters and  of state. It shows they are giving  some ear to the voices  of the people and that is a good thing.”