Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the first lady has decided to refund all monies paid to her as allowances since 2017 following public outcry over the government’s decision to put her and the second lady on a monthly remuneration on the recommendation made by the Presidential Committee on emoluments for Article 71 officeholders.
In an earlier report indicated that the two spouses have already communicated their decision to the Office of the President to decline the offer.
In a statement on Monday, July 12, 2021, the Office of the First Lady said: “…The public discussion has been laced with some extremely negative opinions, in some cases, which she finds distasteful, seeking to portray her as a venal, self-serving and self-centred woman, who does not care about the plight of the ordinary Ghanaian.”
“Given this, the First Lady, in consultation with the President of the Republic, has decided to refund all monies paid to her as allowances from the date of the President’s assumption of office, i.e., from January 2017 to date, amounting to GHC899,097.84.
“The First Lady has also decided not to accept any monies that have been allocated to be paid to her under the recommendations of the Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee, as approved by Parliament,” the statement signed by Korkor Bleboo, director of communications, Office of the Second Lady, added.
Below is the full statement: