A Member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Communication Team in the Northern Region has said that the philanthropic works of the First and Second ladies of the country are enough for the state to be paying them.
Fuseini Abdul-Gafaru Ridwan said aside the philanthropic works of the First and Second ladies, they support their husbands in the discharge of their duties and it is therefore important for the state to recognize their contribution by putting them on a monthly salary.
He noted that, the practice was not new because first ladies have been receiving allowances much greater than the salaries they will be receiving now.
He was reacting to the Trades Union Congress’ rejection of the Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee’s recommendation for wives of Presidents and Vice Presidents to be paid monthly salaries.
The group insists the spouses have not been assigned any specific roles in the constitution and “therefore, they are not qualified to receive salaries from the public purse.”
The TUC said this in a press statement signed by the Secretary-General of TUC, Dr. Yaw Baah that even though Ghanaians appreciate the efforts of the First and Second ladies, the constitution does not assign any official responsibilities to them.
However, speaking on the Super Morning Show today, Mr Gafaru told Host Mumuni Yirifa Yunus that the spouses of the President and His Vice deserve to be paid.
“When President Kuffour came to power, he realised that the wife of Dr Hila Liman was not befitting of a wife of an ex-President, reason the allowances started” he explained why it is necessary to pay them.
“Which one is better? A salary where we all know the amount they are taking or an allowance we don’t know how much they earn? Because they were given the allowances in secret, now the president wants to make it public” he said.
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