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"To Institutionalise Payment Of Salaries To Spouses Of Prez/Veep Is An Attack To Constitution" - NDC

The Youth Wing of the largest opposition party, National Democratic Congress (NDC) says it finds the attempts to institutionalize the payments of salaries to spouses of President Akufo-Addo and Vice President, Dr. Bawumia is an attack on the constitution of the country.

According to the youth wing, the provision of Article 71 of the 1992 Constitution is elaborate and unambiguous by listing the public officials bound to draw their salaries from the Consolidated Fund.

In a statement sighted by, it said "The Youth Wing of the National Democratic Congress has become aware of a news item attributed to Information Minister. Hon Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, that Parliament has approved recommendations of the Prof. Yaa Ntiamoah-Baidu-led Committee on emoluments for Article 71 officeholders for which spouses of President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia will receive the same monthly salaries as Cabinet Ministers"

The statement further added that it is surprising that at a time President Akufo-Addo has admonished all Ghanaians to make sacrifices and has imposed nuisance taxes coupled with draconian economic policies under the guise of the economic recovery of Covid-19.

It also hinted that President Akufo-Addo gave clean bill of health for Parliament to approve a report of a committee he constituted to impose a further financial burden on the consolidated fund.

"The terms of reference of the Prof. Yaa Ntiamoah-Baidu Committee gave out the President as Chief Architect of the decision to pay his wife, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo and wife of Vice President, Mrs. Samira Bawumia"

However, the Youth Wing noted that the decision to further drain the consolidated fund with needless expenditure is a pet project of President Akufo-Addo.

The statement warned that the NDC Youth Wing in the coming days invokes the Supreme Court's jurisdiction to declare this cancerous and insensitive act unconstitutional.

The NDC Youth Wing further announced the #NoSalaryUprising hashtag.

Below is a copy of the release:

Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith



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