Wife of the President of Ghana, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo has announced her decision to refund all monies she received from the state as allowances since she became the First Lady.
According to a statement from her office, the First Lady is set to refund GHC899, 097.84 to the state as payments made to her from January 27 to present.
Her decision to return previously paid allowance come on the back of recent backlashes from a section of the public following a recommendation to regularise the payment of emoluments to the spouses of the President and his Vice President.
In response to critics, Mrs. Akufo-Addo stated that payment of allowances to spouses of Ghanaian Presidents and Vice Presidents was in existence before she gained her title as the First Lady of Ghana.
“It is important to state that payment of such allowances existed and was made to previous First Ladies in the course of the 4th Republic, prior to Mrs. Akufo-Addo becoming the First Lady. Mrs. Addo did not request to be paid any allowance. She only received that which existed and attached to her status, albeit informally,” the statement signed by the Director of Communications from the Office of the First Lady disclosed.
“That notwithstanding, the public discussion has been laced with some extremely negative opinions, in some cases, which she finds distasteful, seeking to portray her as a venal, self-serving and self-centered woman, who does not care about the plight of the ordinary Ghanaian,” the statement further reads.
“In view of this, the First Lady, in consultation with the President of the Republic, has decided to refund all monies paid to her as allowances from the date of the President’s assumption of office, i.e., from January 2017 to date, amounting to GH¢899,097.84.
The First Lady has also decided not to accept any monies that have been allocated to be paid to her pursuant to the recommendations of the Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee, as approved by Parliament,” the First Lady stressed in the communique.