Former President John Dramani Mahama has called on the government to consider setting up an independent committee to review emoluments for Article 71 officeholders.
His call comes in the wake of the controversy surrounding a recommendation by the five-member Emolument Committee for the inclusion of spouses of the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, and Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, in the salary structure of Article 71 officeholders.
Mr. Mahama believes an Independent Emoluments Commission will end the practice of setting up new committees every four years and the introduction of varying recommendations.
“I believe that instead of trying to unconstitutionally enlarge the scope of Article 71 office holders for the purposes of determining emoluments, the government must as a matter of urgency set up the Independent Emoluments Commission.”
“If this proposed Independent Emoluments Committee is established, the Commission will not only stop the practice of setting up a new emoluments committee every four years and coming up with varying recommendations, but will ensure that salary administration in Ghana is rationalised and equity is brought into the system,” Mr. Mahama said.