Minority leader Haruna Iddrisu has defended the decision unanimously made by Members of Parliaments (MPs) to receive over GHS21,000 as salary and GHS600,000 as ex-gratia.
According to the eloquent Tamale Central MP, parliamentarians do not have the security of tenure so they deserve to receive better emoluments. He explained that unlike other workers who could work for long years because their jobs are secure, MPs do not have that luxury.
In a conversation with the press after the State Of The Nation Address delivered by President Akufo-Addo on Tuesday, December 5 2020, Haruna Iddrisu said it is important for the public to appreciate their work.
“It is important that the public appreciates that for our job, there is no security of tenure… At the end of four years, [an MP] has to be entitled to it [better emoluments]. “What we need to do is to carry the public along. There are many of you who comment as if MPs are not deserving of it [better amoluments],”
“All that is now being worked out. It is not just gratuity but salary arrears will be paid to deserving members of Parliament who have served their four-year term. I believe, and I stand by it that salaries of Members of Parliament equated to that of appeals court judges. That is my view, that is my notion and I think strongly that we will work towards that.”
The President is meant to approve the ex-gratia of MPs and the other Article 71 officeholders while Parliament approves that of the Executive.