I Will Take A Big Scissor And Rip The Benefits Of Article 71 Office Holders To Shreds- Kwaku Azar
It appears the decision to pay the spouses of both the President and Vice President has reignited the debate about how politicians in Ghana have over the years abused their office. The Spouses of Ghana’s first and second gentlemen will from now onwards officially enjoy salaries from the government of Ghana. This is after government adopted a recommendation by an emolument committee which was approved by the seventh parliament. Reacting to the news on his Facebook page, US-based professor of Accounting, Kwaku Asare said when given the chance he will rip the benefits of article 71 officeholders to shreds. Below is his full statement
Consider a Justice of the Supreme Court who served for a decade at each of the Superior Courts. On retirement, he will grab ex gratia equal to 30 months salary of a Supreme Court Judge + 20 months salary of an Appeal Court Judge + 10 months salary of a High Court Judge.
Under Ntiamoa-Baidu that is:
(₵22,724 * 30) + (₵21,528 * 20) + (₵19,136 * 10)
That is ₵1,303,640 ex gratia for the 30 years of service.
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Then he retires at the current salary of ₵22,724 per month plus health, security and auto benefits. The salary and benefits are then boosted every 4 years by a Committee that never includes those who have publicly expressed negative views on this boondoggle.
But that is not the only areas where the treasury is at the mercy of the “big men.” Another area is the compensation of CEOs and Board Members of the SOEs, many of which make annual losses.
As high as the President is paid, his salary is only 63% of that of the CEO of Ghana Gas as quoted by the Ntiamoa-Baidu Emolument report.
And for what?
Why then won’t Ntiamoa-Baidu violate the Constitution by adding the First and Second spouses to the pool of beneficiaries after noting that her predecessors had equally violated the Constitution by providing for people not specifically named under Article 71.
Well, let them enjoy it while it lasts for GOGO will take a big scissor and rip these benefits to shreds. GOGO will sunshine the Article 71 chop chop on day 1!!
#SALL is the cardinal sin of the 8th Parliament.