Breakdown of the gargantuan money to be paid to presidential spouses as salaries & allowances from 2017-2021

The government has agreed to formalize the payment of allowances and salaries of the spouses of the President and the Vice President.

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This payment which has come into effect will be backdated from 2017 when the NPP government came to power to 2021 and paid to them in bulk.

While the payment of allowances to the First and Second Ladies is not new, Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has clarified the new move by saying:

“The truth of the matter is that all surviving spouses of Heads of State, current and former, have always received salaries. Lordina Mahama, Naadu Mills, Matilda Amissah-Arthur, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, Faustina Acheampong, Fulera Liman etc have all been receiving salaries since President Kufuor’s time.”

“What has happened now is that the arrangement has been made formal, but that was done legally based on the recommendation by the Emoluments Committee [in 2019],”

Breakdown Of Presidential Spouses’ Salaries & Allowances 2017 -2024

Should First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo and Second Lady Samira Bawumia be paid their backdated salary from 2017 to June 2021, this is a projection of what they are supposed to take home:

First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo

Basic Salary: GH¢21,000

Allowance Per Month: 87,000

Backdated Salary 2017 to June 2021: GH¢1, 134,000

Backdated Allowance 2017 to June 2021: GH¢6,345,000

Total: GH¢7,479,048

 

Second Lady Samira Bawumia

Basic Salary: GH¢21,000

Allowance Per Month: 87,000

Backdated Salary 2017 to June 2021: GH¢1, 134,000

Backdated Allowance 2017 to June 2021: GH¢6,345,000

Total: GH¢7,479,048

Remember, Allowances paid are always higher than basic salaries.

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