First Lady pays back all allowances since 2017 with CBG cheque

First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo has issued a Consolidated Bank Ghana Limited cheque for GH¢899,097.84 as a refund of all allowances received since 2017.

Mrs Akufo-Addo on Monday, July 12 announced that due to the “extremely negative opinions” which have laced conversations on her allowances, she was refunding every pesewa.

She also served notice not to receive any monies that have been allocated to be paid to her pursuant to recommendations of the Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee, which was tasked in 2019 to review emoluments of Article 71 office holders.

She found the public debate “distasteful, seeking to portray her as a venal, self-serving and self-centered woman who does not care about the plight of ordinary Ghanaian”.

Barely 24 hours after that, her office has written to the Chief of Staff, Frema Osei Opare, to present the cheque number for the full refund of the monies.

“Her Excellency, the First Lady remains committed to her role as First Lady and is devoted to her charity work championing the wellbeing of women and children in Ghana,” wrote Mrs Shirley Laryea of the Office of the First Lady.

A copy of the letter was sent to the Chief Director of the Presidency.

Second Lady Samira Bawumia on Tuesday also announced the she will refund all the monies received and decline from accepting any monies as per recommendations of the Prof Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee.

She also expressed commitment to “deliver humanitarian interventions and initiatives in the areas of healtheducation and economic development”.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh

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