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John Mahama rejects ‘First Lady’s Salary’

John Mahama rejects 'First Lady’s Salary'
John Mahama and his wife Lordina Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has rejected the payment of monthly salaries to the spouses of the President and Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, describing the recommendation as “inappropriate” and its approval as “unfortunate”.

The former President suggests in an opinion shared on Facebook said the existing convention of providing spouses of both sitting and former Presidents and Vice Presidents with quarterly allowances should be maintained.

The practice he said started with the President Jerry John Rawlings Administration and “issues in respect of allowances of the spouses have largely been handled administratively and provided for under the budget of the Office of the President.”

“The spouses of the President and Vice President are not captured among Article 71 Office Holders and therefore there is no legal or constitutional basis for it”, he stated.

President Mahama said the practice has also included the payment of quarterly allowances to the surviving spouses of former Presidents, former Vice Presidents and former Heads of State. He explained that this practice has been appreciated by the beneficiaries as a token from the State.

Mr Mahama also noted that the activities of the First and Second Ladies are funded by the Office of the President to enable them fulfil “the roles that our modern democracies expect them to play, such as empowering women, girlchild education, reproductive health issues, teenage pregnancy, assistance to widows, fighting early marriage, preventing mother to child transmission of HIV, STEM for girls…”

The former President also questioned the decision of the Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee to recommend the payment of monthly salaries pegged at the level of a Cabinet Minister to both the First Lady and wife of the VP, asking, “and why did Parliament also approve this recommendation without a review?”

Mr Mahama also advocated for the establishment of an Independent Emoluments Commission (IEC) as recommended by the Constitution Review Commission and endorsed by the Edu-Bandoh and Ntiamoa-Baidu Committees.

The Commission, he says, will not only stop the practice of setting up new emoluments committee every four years and coming up with varying recommendations but also ensure that salary administration in Ghana is rationalized and equity is brought into the system.

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John Mahama eulogizes Ama Benyiwa Doe

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Former President, John Dramani Mahama, has poured a fountain of laudations on the late Former Central Regional Minister, Ama Benyiwa Doe, who has passed.  According to him, the late party stalwart was not only a politician, but a gender activist.

President Mahama, who took to his Social Media walls on Sunday, September 19, 2021 expressed shock about the passing of madam Benyiwa Doe and praised her for her great service to the NDC and Ghana.

“I have received with deep sadness, news of the demise of one of the most inspirational icons to have served our party, the NDC, and this great nation.” John Mahama stated.

He added that the late Ama Benyiwa Doe was a personality of courage, commitment and served her country with passion.

“Ama Benyiwa Doe was an embodiment of limitless courage, commitment and passion for service.” The Former President observed.

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Family sources said the outspoken politician died during the early hours of Sunday, September 19, 2021 at Tema in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.

Madam Benyiwa Doe, who was the Central Regional Minister between 2009-2012 died at age 71. She was once a Member of Parliament for Gomoa West and a Former National Women’s Organisation of the Opposition National Democratic Congress.

Our sources said, Madam Ama Benyiwa Doe, popularly known as Am Shavez was unwell for few years until her unfortunate demise on Sunday.

Her death, has seen Facebook and other Social Media platforms flooded with a fountain of messages to eulogize the iconic late member of the NDC.

The National Youth Organiser of the NDC, George Opare Addo, has described the late Ama Benyiwa Doe as a selfless patriot who served Ghana well.

“As a party executive and Minister, she was exceptional, patriotic and served her nation well.” Mr.Opare Addo stated.

An astute NDC Youth and Social Media Activist, Bright Abakosem observed that the late Former Minister’s life deserves celebrations.

“We will celebrate a life well lived. NDC is forever grateful for your commitment, dedication, hard work and above all, long service.” He eulogised.

Source: Nationalistgh.com

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Chereponi: Police move in to prevent demo against purported DCE nominee

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The Chereponi District Police command has foiled a planned demonstration against the purported District Chief Executive nominee, Zuweira Mada Nashiru.

The police in a statement said the demonstration was going to be embarked upon by some members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who were aggrieved that their favourite candidate, S. K. Orlando, was not recommended for nomination.

“The Chereponi District Police Command upon receipt of the information quickly invited the constituency chairman, Aliu Sulemana and some of the youth leaders and after discussing, the chairman and the youth leaders realized the need to keep the peace and abide by the advice of the police not to proceed with the demonstration. They also promised to go by the Public Order Act and notify the police accordingly, should they intend to organize the demonstration.”

The police also engaged S. K Orlando who was urged to calm his supporters down.

The district remains calm, however, the police say they are monitoring the situation.

Two patrol teams have currently been deployed to maintain peace in the area, including a standby security team put in place.

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NDC stalwart Ama Benyiwa Doe passes on at 71; eulogies go viral

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The late Ama Benyiwa Doe

A Former National Democratic Congress’ Central Regional Minister, Ama Benyiwa Doe has passed on, the Nationalistgh.com can confirm.

Family sources said the outspoken politician died during the early hours of Sunday, September 19, 2021 at Tema in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.

Madam Benyiwa Doe, who was the Central Regional Minister between 2009-2012 died at age 71. She was once a Member of Parliament for Gomoa West and a Former National Women’s Organisation of the Opposition National Democratic Congress.

Our sources said, Madam Ama Benyiwa Doe, popularly known as Am Shavez was unwell for few years until her unfortunate demise on Sunday.

Her death, has seen Facebook and other Social Media platforms flooded with a fountain of messages to eulogize the iconic late member of the NDC.

The National Youth Organiser of the NDC, George Opare Addo, has described the late Ama Benyiwa Doe as a selfless patriot who served Ghana well.

“As a party executive and Minister, she was exceptional, patriotic and served her nation well.” Mr.Opare Addo stated.

An astute NDC Youth and Social Media Activist, Bright Abakosem observed that the late Former Minister’s life deserves celebrations.

“We will celebrate a life well lived. NDC is forever grateful for your commitment, dedication, hard work and above all, long service.” He eulogised.

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Source: Nationalistgh.com

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