Head of Station at 3FM, Mrs. Petra Aba Asamoah has called on Ghanaians to speak up against the huge sums of money given to some persons in government after their time of service is over.
Earlier this week, parliament unanimously approved the report of the Presidential Committee on salaries and emoluments for Article 71 office holders including exgratia for outgoing President John Dramani Mahama.
With the approval of the report of the Presidential Committee, President John Mahama will take home a whooping GH¢22,809, reflecting about 43% increase in amount previously paid to outgoing presidents.
According to an article posted on citifmonline.com, the outgoing President, while on retirement will receive benefits such as state-provided staff not exceeding four (4) and a furnished and up-to-date office and communication equipment.
President Mahama will also receive “40 percent of [his] salary to be paid monthly. Staff support consisting of a cook, steward and gardener.”
In the area of security, “the state will provide two security persons to be chosen by the former President from state security. Two vehicles for security.”
For transport, President Mahama will be given two vehicles, a chauffeur, maintained and comprehensively insured by the State and changed every four years for life.
For overseas official travel, the state will fully pay for all such trips with his spouse and two security persons. The state will however, sponsor only two of such travels per year and those not exceeding two weeks in duration.
President Mahama and his wife will also be entitled to free healthcare. Other benefits include, the payment of utilities at his residence.
The Chief Justice will also take home GH¢17,107 instead of the previous GH¢15,552 while the Speaker of Parliament, who receives GH¢16,174 will take home GH¢17,791.
Other Article 71 office holders including Justices of the Supreme Court, Members of Parliament (MPs), Ministers of State, political appointees and some public servants will benefit from the 10% across board increase which takes retrospective effect from 2013.
In a series of posts on Facebook, the Chartered Marketer described the incident as a clear of injustice to Ghanaians.
According to her, “We’ve played the ostrich for a long time” and as a result, “our leaders are ripping us off. Ex-gratia is injustice.” she said.
“A teacher teaches for 30 years and goes home with chicken change.” – she added.
The emerging corporate leader has therefore charged Ghanaians to speak against this “injustice” especially “in a country where access to basic amenities is a struggle.”