Rebecca Akufo-Addo refunds over GHC899,000 in allowances

Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the First Lady, has decided to refund all monies paid to her in allowances since 2017, following public outcry over the government’s decision to put her and the Second Lady on monthly remuneration, in line with recommendations made by the presidential committee on emoluments for Article 71 office-holders.

In a statement issued on Monday 12 July 2021, the Office of the First Lady said: “… the public discussion has been laced with some extremely negative opinions, in some cases, which she finds distasteful, seeking to portray her as a venal, self-serving and self-centred woman, who does not care about the plight of the ordinary Ghanaian.

“In view of this, the First Lady, in consultation with the President of the Republic, has decided to refund all monies paid to her as allowances from the date of the President’s assumption of office, ie, from January 2017 to date, amounting to GHC899,097.84.

“The First Lady has also decided not to accept any monies that have been allocated to be paid to her pursuant to the recommendations of the Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee, as approved by Parliament,” the statement signed by Korkor Bleboo, director of communications in the Office of the Second Lady, said.

Below is the full statement: