First Lady Rejects Presidential Spouses Salary Refunds Previous Allowances

First Lady of Ghana, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo has promised to return all allowances paid to her since January 2017 since she assumed office after a careful reflection and consultation with the President.

Families of both President and Vice President have received repercussions from Ghanaians with some criticize remarks following the Parliamentary approval to regularize the allowances paid to the spouses of the President and the Vice President upon recommendations from the Prof Yaa Ntiamoah-Baidoo Committee.

Mrs. Rebecca Akufo Addo in a statement signed by the Director of Communication at the Office of the First Lady said "payment of such allowances existed and was made to previous First Ladies in the course of the 4th Republic, prior to Mrs. Akufo-Addo becoming the First Lady".

It is important to state that "Mrs. Akufo -Addo did not request to be paid any allowance. She only received that which existed and attached to her status, albeit informally", the statement added.

"In view of this, the First Lady, in consultation with the President of the Republic, has decided to refund all monies paid to her as allowances from the date of the President's assumption of office, i.e., January 2017 to date, amounting to GH899,097.84".

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