Emolument: Samira to refund GHc887,482.00 allowance to the State

Second Lady Samira Bawumia Second Lady Samira Bawumia

Second Lady Samira Bawumia says she will refund an amount of GHc887,482.00 she received as allowance from the state since her husband took office in January 2017.

It comes after the First Lady Rebbeca Akufo-Addo decided to refund her allowances back to the state following public outcry over a recommendation by the Presidential emolument committee to regularise their salaries.

Details of recommendation for First and Second Ladies

Prof. Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee

The Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee report dated the 18th of June 2020, submitted its recommendations to President Akufo-Addo in fulfilment of the Article 71 provision of the 1992 Constitution which enjoins every sitting President before the end of his four (4) year mandate, to set up a committee to make recommendations on the emoluments for Article 71 office holders.

As part of the five (5) member committee's report, they recommended the payment of a salary equivalent to a Cabinet Minister who is a Member of Parliament (MP) to the First Lady while her husband is in office and the payment of a salary equivalent to 80% of 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 salary of a Minister of State who is a Member of Parliament (MP) if the spouse served two or more full terms as President.

With the Second Lady, the committee's report, recommended the payment of a salary equivalent to a Cabinet Minister who is not a Member of Parliament (MP) to the Second Lady while her husband is in office and the payment of a salary equivalent to 80% of 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 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.

Source: Starrfm.com.gh