Second lady Samira Bawumia has refunded all allowances paid to her by the state since 2017 and has refused any new salary the government plans to pay her.
Her action comes on the heels of a similar action taken by the First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo.
The two presidential spouses have been at the forefront of a massive public outcry after it was revealed government plans to start paying them monthly salaries.
The salaries had been determined by a Presidential commission on emoluments set up by the Akufo-Addo goverment.
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The commission determined that the not only should the President’s salary be increased, the state should start paying the First and Second ladies huge sums of monthly salaries.
Apparently, the Ghc 40-something thousand the President has been recommended to take monthly, an absurd increase on his current salary, cannot take care of him and his wife!
Ghanaians went into manic mode and attacked the greedy politicians trying to implement these policies and their wives as well.
Unable to stand the public pressure, first lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo announced she is refunding all allowances she has received since 2017 and refusing the new salary they are attempting to give her.
The 2nd lady is now following suit, releasing a statement from her office.
“The Second lady, H.E Samira Bawumia in consultation with H.E, the Vice President, will refund all allowances paid to her since 2017 and will not accept any monies allocated to her pursuant to the recommendations of the Prof. Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu led committee, as approved by Parliament on 6th January 2021,” the statement said.
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Mrs Bawumia continues to be committed to the service of the nation; to deliver humanitarian interventions and initiatives in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment.” it added.