It has emerged that Ghana’s former President John Mahama before handing over the presidency to Akufo Addo in 2017 allocated close to GH¢23,000 as a monthly allowance to his wife, Lordina Mahama.
According to a Daily Guide report, the wife of the late vice president, Matilda Amissah-Arthur was also receiving over GH¢22,000 as a monthly allowance.
The Daily Guide report explained: “Mrs Mahama collected a monthly allowance of GH¢17,073 in 2013, got GH¢18,780 in 2014; [it was] increased to GH¢20,658 in 2015 and GH¢22,724 before her husband exited power in 2016.
“Mrs Amissah-Arthur also collected a monthly allowance of GH¢16,848 in 2013, got GH¢18,533 in 2014; [it was] increased to GH¢20,386 in 2015 and GH¢22,425 before leaving office.”
The historicity of the salary brouhaha
In 2012, Mr Mahama who had succeeded the late President John Evans, Atta Mills, following his sudden death was taking home a monthly salary of GH¢15,972 whilst his Vice got GH¢14,375.
The monthly allowance of the then First Lady Lordina Mahama was GH¢11,500 whilst that of the then Second Lady Matilda Amissah Arthur was GH¢11,340.
By 2013, Mr Mahama’s monthly salary had reached GH¢22,464 and increased to GH¢24,710 in 2014. It increased to GH¢27,181 in 2015 and by the time he left office in 2016, he was taking GH¢29,899.
Mr Amissah Arthur also received GH¢20,218 monthly in 2013, took GH¢22,239 in 2014, moved to GH¢24,463 in 2015, took home GH¢26,909 in 2016.
Mrs Mahama collected a monthly allowance of GH¢17,073 in 2013, got GH¢18,780 in 2014, increased to GH¢20,658 in 2015 and enjoyed GH¢ 22,724 before her husband exited power in 2016.
Mrs Amissah Arthur also collected a monthly allowance of GH¢16,848 in 2013, got GH¢18,533 in 2014, took home GH¢20,386 in 2015 and enjoyed GH¢ 22,425 before leaving office.