NDC MPs reject pay cut offer to curb Ghana’s economic hardships – Kojo Oppong

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Due to the country’s economic problems, the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah, suggested that MPs take voluntary wage cutbacks to help support the government’s major programs.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo lowered all his appointees’ wages by up to 30%.

Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah, MP for Ofoase Ayirebi, advised his colleagues to take a wage reduction to help build Ghana.

“After all the cutbacks and reviews, I will suggest to my colleagues that they accept voluntary salary reductions. I am both an MP and a minister, but I am paid as an MP, not a minister “he told Accra’s Asempa FM.

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He went on: “If the government cuts from top to bottom, I will urge MPs to accept voluntary salary reduction since compensation is determined by the system, but we may also take voluntary cutbacks.

“If the administration chooses to reduce pay by X% in these tough circumstances, I will recommend that we all accept cutbacks on the legislative side to help rescue the situation. In my opinion, we must all work together to overcome our issues.”

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MPs of the NDC reaction

The NDC MPs have declared they would not accept the government’s offer of wage reduction.

Peter Nortsu-Kotoe, MP for Akatsi North, said TV3 “If the executive is discussing it, they should also discuss emoluments. What are their amenities? They have more amenities than lawmakers. We, for example, provide for ourselves. We pay our drivers, our staff, and our own gasoline. So, if the boss is decreasing their pay, are they taking away their perks? If the parliamentarians’ income is decreased, we will not be treated fairly.”

According to Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem MP Sam Atta Mills “What pay cut? They should let their own suffering. Do you realize how much these folks make off these boards?

“We haven’t had common money in over a year. The wage reduction is a ruse. What will they do with the money if we accept a wage cut? We gave them millions of cedis for COVID; have they come to explain their use of the funds? It’s not about the wage decrease, it’s about their carelessness.”

Murtala Mohammed, a legislator from Tamale North, remarked “With all due respect, I believe Kojo Oppong Nkrumah should take a sabbatical. No one takes a cent from my pay. We are urging the government to shrink.”

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