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Akufo-Addo Approves Recommendations For Rebecca, Samira To Receive Same Salary As Cabinet Ministers

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The Emoluments Committee set up by President Akufo-Addo has recommended that spouses of Heads of States and their Vices be put on salaries.

And as part of the novelty, the Committee recommends that the First Lady Rebecca Akufo Addo and Second Lady Samira Bawumia be put on the same pay grade as Cabinet Ministers.

“…The Committee recommends that the support extended to spouses of Presidents/former Presidents/Vice Presidents be regularized and included in the privileges of Presidents/Vice Presidents/Presidents/ Vice Presidents/Former Vice Presidents,” stated the Committee in their June 2020 report intercepted by Whatsup News. 

The Committee headed by Professor Yaa Ntiamoah-Baidu justified their decision to hand over taxpayers money to wives of the President and his Vice, saying the John President Kufuor had introduced the extension of courtesies, including the payment of monthly allowances to spouses of former Heads of States/Presidents/Vice Presidents and that the gesture remained purely humanitarian and that First and Second Ladies were “evidently struggling to subsist” hence they must be rated on equal terms as cabinet ministers.

The five-member Presidential Emoluments Committee is Chaired by Prof. Yaa Ntiamoah-Baidu with Hon. Abraham Osei-Aidoo, Dr. Edward Kwapong, Dr. Eric Oduro Osae and Mrs. Stella Segbawu, as members.

Already, the Committee’s recommendation of hefty salary adjustments for Article 71 office holders, especially, the President and Vice President, has become a talking point in the country.

In respect of spouses of the President, the Committee recommends that the First Lady be paid salary “equivalents to a Cabinet Minister MP as currently pertains,” while her husband is still in office.

But when her spouse is out of office, she should be paid a salary equivalent to 80% of the salary of a Minister of State-MP if the spouse served one full term as President; or 100% of the salary of a Minister of State-MP if spouse served two or more full terms as President.

In respect of the Vice President, it recommended that his wife should be paid a salary equivalent to a Cabinet Minister non-MP as currently pertains, with her husband in office.

But when her spouse is out of office, she should be paid a salary equivalent to 80% of the salary of a Minister of State-MP if the spouse served one full term as President; or 100% of the salary of a Minister of State-MP if spouse served two or more full terms as President.

In respect of the Vice President, it recommended that his wife should be paid a salary equivalent to a Cabinet Minister non-MP as currently pertains, with her husband in office.

But when the husband is out of office, she should be paid a salary equivalent to 80% of the salary of a Minister of State non-MP, if the spouse served one full term as Vice President, or 100% of a Minister of State non-MP of spouse served two terms.

 “The committee notes that neither article 71 nor any other provisions in the constitution bestow benefits on spouses of Presidents and Vice Presidents,” the committee acknowledged but quickly noted that in their alleged consultations they found out that some former First Ladies struggle to survive in foreign lands.

“Incidentally, the Committee was reliably informed that the State has since the early 2000s been taking care of former First and Second Ladies, providing them with quarterly allowances and extending to them other courtesies… In addition to the quarterly allowances, the Office of the Chief of Staff receives several other requests in the form of Save Our Souls (SoS) which the State obliges,” the committee wrote.

Meanwhile, the Committee has recommended for the salaries of article 71 office holders to be increased. President Akufo-Addo’s pay has been recommended for an increase from the current Ghc29, 099 to Ghc47, 273 using a 120 award point.

Vice President Bawumia’s monthly salary has also been recommended for an increase from the current Ghc26, 909 to Ghc39, 397 using an award points of 100.

Source: WhatsupNews

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Is The Fight Against LGBTQI Going To Solve All Our Problems? – Gabby Questions Sam George’s Strong Advocacy

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Leading member of the NPP, Gabby Asare Otchere Darko has questioned the essence of the strong advocacy against LGBTQI to the overall development of the Country.

The phenomenon of LGBTQI has gained massive attention once again after a Private Members Bill by some parliamentarians including MP for Ningo Prampram, Sam George was laid before parliament.

The said bill seeks to criminalize the practice of homosexuality in its entirety as well as the advocacy of the phenomenon.

Ningo Prampram MP, Sam George has defended the bill extensively on social media, and has insisted that the bill will definitely be passed, even though there has been fierce opposition from sections of the Ghanaian public.

One of such critics is the cousin of President Akufo-Addo, Gabby Asare Otchere Darko, who appears definitely unimpressed with the aggressive effort against the LGBTQI community.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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Why Don’t You Legalize Polygamy? – Sam George Clashes With UK MP Over LGBTQI

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MP for Ningo Prampram, Sam George has clashed with a UK MP over the LGBTQI brouhaha.

Sam George has been trending on Twitter following a spirited Defense he has mounted for the anti-LGBTQI bill which is currently before Parliament.

However, many Ghanaians including some celebrities have lambasted the MP, describing his strong advocacy as backward.

As the back and forth continued yesterday, a UK MP, Seb Dance also chastised Sam George for what he termed as colonial legacies.

Mr Dance wrote, “What an appalling way to treat your fellow human beings. I hope you come to your senses and reconsider rather than build on backward, colonial legacies that have damaged and limited the lives of so many. Where is the love?”

In his response, Sam George wrote, “Mr George in response said: “I would be glad when you and your fellow MEPs come to your senses and legalise polygamy. Can you show me the science or common sense behind your criminalisation of polygamy? You may think yourselves so wise but the joke is on you mate. The love is in the common sense”.

Sam George insists that the bill will be passed into law.

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Twitter Warns Sam George After LGBTQI Supporters Reported Him Over His Agenda Against Gays

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Twitter Germany has issued a warning to MP for Ningo Prampram, Sam George, advising him that they have initiated investigations into a post he made on the platform.

This was after a Twitter user based in Germany reported him following several posts he has made on the platform denouncing LGBTQI and supporting the Anti-LGBTQI law currently before Parliament.

Sam George has come under massive criticism from the LGBTQI community and their associates following his staunch anti-LGBTQI stance.

The MP, however, insists that he is ready for whatever onslaught and will never back down on his decision to support what he terms as proper sexual life.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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