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Apaak, Dafeamekpor sue over salaries for First, Second Ladies

Two members of the Minority in Parliament have filed a suit at the Supreme Court challenging the decision by the state to pay salaries to wives of the President and the Vice President.

It comes after a recommendation by the emolument committee put together by President Akufo-Addo in 2019 that the first and second ladies be paid by the state was adopted by Parliament.

The move has sparked uproar in the country. The Minority MPs suing the state over the development are Rockson Nelson Dafeamekpor of South Dayi and Dr Clement Apaak of Builsa South

Below are the reliefs being sort by the lawmakers

  1. A declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of Article 71(1) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, the Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee appointed by the President  under Article 71(1), only had jurisdiction to make recommendations in respect of salaries, allowances payable, facilities and privileges of Article 71 office holders under the 1992 Constitution.
  2. A further declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of Article 71(1) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, the Prof Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee had no jurisdiction, mandate or authority to make any recommendations in respect of salaries, allowances payable, facilities and privileges of persons other than persons specified under Article 71 of 1992 Constitution.
  3. A declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of Article 71(1) of the 1992 Constitution, the Prof Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee exceeded its jurisdiction, mandate and authority when it purported to make recommendations in respect of privileges, facilities, salaries and allowances payable to the 1st Lady and the wife of the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana.
  4. A further declaration that the recommendations of the Committee, to the extent that it pertains to the 1st Lady and the wife of the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, are null, void and of no effect.
  5. A declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of the Constitution, 1992, spouses of the President and the Vice President are not Article 71 office holders for the purposes of receipt of wages and emoluments.
  6. An order declaring the recommendations in respect of privileges, facilities, salaries and allowances payable to the 1st Lady and the wife of the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana as unconstitutional and void.
  7. An order restraining the President of the Republic of Ghana or any other arm, ministry, department or agency of the Executive, from implementing any recommendations of the Prof Ntiamoah-Baidu Committee which pertains to the 1st Lady and the wife of the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana.
  8. Any further Order(s) or direction(s) as this Honourable Court may deem necessary.

Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/103.5fm

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