Samira Bawumia to refund allowances paid her since 2017

Wife of the Vice President, Samira Bawumia, has disclosed her intentions to refund all allowances paid to her since the inception of the Akufo-Addo-led administration.

She is expected to refund a total of ¢887,482 to the state following this decision.

In a statement coming from her Office, sighted by JoyNews, Mrs Bawumia indicated that she will also “not accept any monies allocated to her pursuant to the recommendations of the Prof Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu led committee, as approved by Parliament.”

The decision, she said was in consultation with the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.

It also follows a similar one made by the First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo who has declined the offer for her to be paid allowances.

According to a July 12 statement, Mrs Akufo-Addo also disclosed her intentions “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 ¢899,097.84.”

This comes on the back of recommendations by the Prof Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu-led Presidential Committee on Emoluments for Article 71 officeholders.

The committee had recommended that the First Lady be paid a salary equivalent to a Cabinet Minister who is a Member of Parliament (MP) while her husband is in office and the Payment of a salary equivalent to 80% of the salary of a Minister of State who is a Member of Parliament (MP) if the spouse served one full term as President or 100% of the salary of a Minister of State who is a Member of Parliament (MP) if the spouse served two or more full terms as President.

The committee further suggested that the Second Lady be paid a salary equivalent to a Cabinet Minister who is not an MP while her husband is in office and the Payment of a salary equivalent to 80% of the salary of a Minister of State who is not a Member of Parliament (MP) if the spouse served one full term as President or 100% of the salary of a Minister of State who is a Member of Parliament (MP) if the spouse served two or more full terms as Vice President.

But the decision received massive backlash from the general public. Subsequently, both Ladies have rejected the offer.

Mrs Bawumia further noted that she “continues to be committed to the service of the nation; to deliver humanitarian interventions in the areas of health, education, and economic emoluments.”

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