By: Gifty Arthur
The Herald, is reliably informed that, President Nana Akufo-Addo’s 110 ministers, are illegally collecting rent allowances from Parliament, although they have been allocated state bungalows as ministers of state.
Details are that, a good number of the 70 Members of Parliament (MPs), who double as Ministers, are secretly enjoying packages that come with being Legislators, and at the same time dishonestly enjoying the ones from the Executive, when in actual fact, they are entitled to only one.
These MPs this paper is informed, have each pocketed 20 per cent of their salaries as allowance for their accommodation, and shortly thereafter, moved into state bungalows as Ministers in the Akufo-Addo government. They each collected a whopping GH¢90, 000 in March 2017, from the coffers of Parliament.
They were expected to honorably return the GH¢90, 000 rent allowance to Parliament, after becoming ministers, but this was not done.
The list of MPs intercepted by this paper, reveals names of bigwigs of the government.
They are the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, who doubles as Minister for Parliamentary Affairs; Minister of Communications, Ursula Gifty Owusu-Ekuful; Minister for Defense, Dominic Nitiwul and a Deputy Minister of Finance, Kwaku Kwarteng, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah;Deputy Information Minister .
The rest are; Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, Roads and Highways Minister, Kwasi Amoako Attah; Minister for Regional Reorganization and Development, Dan Kwaku Botwe and Special Development Initiative Minister, Mavis Hawa Koomson.
This brings to mind, the spirited arguments that were raised last year, when the president lined-up 110 ministers, the biggest in the history of Ghana with respect to expenditure.
At the time, the government and it communicators, defended President Akufo-Addo’s decision, saying not much would be spent, because MPs who were appointed as Ministers, were going to take only one salary and allowance from either Parliament or from the executive.
This also brings to question, the integrity of these appointees, as well as dishonesty on the part of this government, which is accusing some former ministers of the erstwhile Mahama government of receiving double salaries.
The Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID), has been mandated to charge and probe the ex-Ministers. Some of them have been granted bail in the case they believe is a political witch-hunt by the under pressure Akufo-Addo government.
More to come!