Akufo Addo Didn’t Increase Soilders Allowance-Algaga
By Patrick Biddah
The debate for the 2019 State of the Nation Address (SONA) which was presented by President Akufo Addo, kicked started yesterday with the exposure of certain untruths in the address.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Builsa North, Mr James Algaga, whiles seconding the motion which was moved by the Ofoanse-Ayeribi MP , Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said that the President’s Claim that his administration increased the United Nations Peacekeeping allowance for Soldiers from $30.00 to $35.00 a day was not true.
Mr Algaga who was the deputy Minister for The Interior under former President John Dramani Mahama, questioned the sincerity in the assertion made by the President on February 21 , when he presented the address in accordance with Article 67.
He said, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have themselves documented statements which point to the fact that they did not increase the allowance for the soldiers.
Making reference to the 2016 New Patriotic Party manifesto, Mr Algaga, who serves on the interior and defense committee of Parliament ,noted that the NPP acknowledged the increment when they said they would also further increase the allowance from $35.00 if they captured power.
In his explanation, MrAlgaga, told the House that the NPP as of the time were criticizing the NDC for just increasing the Peacekeeping allowance from $30.00 to $31.00 and that it was upon the rejection of the increment from $30.00 to $31.00 by the Military that the NDC further increased the allowance from $31.00 to $35.00.
It is in view of the aforementioned that the Builsa North legislator disagreed with the President’s Claim that they increased the soldiers’ Peacekeeping allowance.
But the Minister for Defence , Dominic Nitiwulwho rose on the point of information and later on point of order, totally disagreeing with the assertion of Builsa North MP.
Mr Nitiwul, noted that he has had to correct the Builsa North legislator on three occasions over his assertion with respect to the soldiers Peacekeeping allowance.
Rebutting the assertion, however, Mr Nitiwul said the NDC only made an announcement for the increment of the allowance for the soldiers and that there was no records of the increment at the Military High Command.
The NPP government he noted, initiated all the procedures and made the payments, adding that as of the time the NPP took power, the State was owing the soldiers an amount of $13 million.
He therefore proposed to take the Builsa North MP to Burma Camp in order for him to ascertain for himself.