An activist of the governing New Patriotic Party(NPP) Hajia Adiza Zongo Panior has urged former first lady Lordina Mahama to learn from sitting First Lady Rebecca Akuf-Addo and return all State money she had received as allowances.
It will be recalled that the Emoluments Committee for Parliament approved new salaries of current first and second ladies, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo Addo and Mrs. Samira Bawumia respectively.
Mrs. Rebecca Akufo Addo was expected to receive a monthly salary of GH¢ 21,000 which will be backdated to 2017.
The second lady, Mrs. Samira Bawumia was also expected to receive a salary and will be backdated to 2017.
However, the payment of salaries to the first and second ladies stirred public anger among some Ghanaians.
Former officeholders and politicians also shared their opinion on the matter.
After a thorough consultation between the president and vice president, both first and second ladies decided to refund all salaries paid them from 2017 and had decided not to accept any allowance or salary from the state.
Mrs. Rebecca Akufo Addo submitted a cheque of GH¢ 899,000 which she took as allowances since January 2017 through the Consolidated Bank of Ghana, CBG.
The second lady, Mrs. Samira Bawumia in a letter signed by Kwame Twum Esq, her senior aide, dated 13th July, 2021 reiterated the need to refund all state monies and allowances paid her since 2017.
Speaking on the issue on Accra-based radio station, Peace FM, Hajia Adiza Zongo Panior who’s President of Head Porters Association of Ghana (KAYAYOO), called on the former first lady, Lordina Mahama to refund all state monies and allowances paid her.
“We haven’t seen any infrastructure or project Lordina Mahama has done. So that money can even help. I want to plead with the government. You are entitled to payment when in power,” she said.
“Lordina’s husband (Mahama) has said it. So anytime there is an issue you raise your voice, we are giving her 24 hours period. That money can be used for school feeding,” she stressed.