Majority leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has debunked claims that former First and second Ladies including the current First and second ladies were going to be put on a monthly salary.
Earlier reports speculated indicated that it was only Rebecca Akufo-Addo and Samira Bawumia who were going to be paid.
However, that has been quickly shut down.
Reacting to this in an interview on Peace FM’s morning show ‘Kokrokoo’, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Suame constituency and Parliamentary Affairs Minister said there is the need to support the first and second ladies financially because it will not be inappropriate for them to be seeking for jobs to survive after their service to the nation.
According to him, the first and second ladies who are already on a monthly allowance are not going to receive a monthly salary but financial support as stated by the Emolument Committee.
“The first ladies are already receiving allowances since 1993, but it had not been made official . . . this was creating issues with the Auditor General and so it was decided that legal backing will be given to it,” he explained.
He added that the recommendation for the formalization of the allowances made by the Emolument Committee, was subsequently taken to the 7th parliament, and approved by both sides of the House.
The Majority leader further explained why the allowance for the first and second ladies was going to be backdated to January 2017.
Listen to him in the video below;