President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has returned GH237,974, which was his pay increase from January to August of this year.
The funds were paid into the Controller and Accountant – General’s Department’s Pensions and Salaries Account in fulfillment of his promise made during this year’s May Day celebrations not to raise his, the Vice President’s, ministers’ and their deputies’, and other government appointments’ salaries.
The goal is to keep the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Ghana’s governmental finances.
Mr Eugene Arhin, Director of Communications at the Presidency, said this at the weekly Jubilee House Press briefing on Tuesday in Accra.
Mr Arhin explained that when the President received his accrued salary for the period, he noticed that the directive to freeze his pay increments for 2021 had not been implemented, so, “leading by example,” he wrote a check on September 2, 2021, to cover the increments on his salary to reflect the decision he made to reduce the strain on the public purse.
The wage increases were requested by the Presidential Committee on Emoluments, directed by Professor Yaa Ntiamoah-Baidu.
However, the President had promised that wage increases for the Executive Branch would be frozen.