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The Salary Is Too Small: An MP’s Take-Home Pay Is GH¢11,000 – NDC MP, Sam George Turns Oliver Twist

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Members of Parliament, Sam George has disclosed that take home an amount of GH¢11,000, the NDC MP for Ningo-Prampram has said.

According to him, the GH¢11,000 is the salary MPs in the eighth parliament will be receiving until the salaries and emolument committee has been set up by the president to determine the salaries of Article 71 officeholders.

“The salary of an MP in the last Parliament is around GH¢29,000 a month and that is gross. By the time they finish the deductions, you’ll go home with GH¢11,000,” he explained.

Sam George told Nana Aba Anamoah that the gross salary of an MP, which is GH¢29,000, about GH¢8,000 goes into income tax “so, even though on your gross sheet it is GH¢29,000, almost GH¢8,000 is taken out. Then the V8 they insult us for, we also pay for it, they deduct about GH¢6,000 every month from your salary…”

“People have been saying MPs get free vehicles, free fuel, free water; there is no free thing. The MPs pay for the vehicle, maintenance, water, electricity and everything that comes with it because the car is a loan and it needs to be paid for. After those deductions are done, GH¢1,500 is paid to the party for it to be used to run the day-to-day affairs of the party, then the party in the region needs to get some of the money.

Now we’ve decided that MPs who leave Parliament have no pension, so we contribute GH¢1,500 towards the pension scheme we want to start, after all these, you have to go home to your family with GH¢11,000,” he explained.

Sam George indicated that MPs do not take ex gratia but rather it is a balance of the money owed by the state that is paid to them yet electorates insult them for that.

He blames the Public Affairs Directorate of Parliament House, led by Kate Addo, for failing to educate the masses on the issues of MPs and their ex-gratia.

“The fact that people think there is ex gratia for MPs is the failure on the Public Affairs Directorate of Parliament because there is no ex gratia,”

He explained that four years after he went to Parliament as the representative of Ningo-Prampram, he didn’t know his salary until the dissolution of the seventh parliament.

“In 2017, I swore the oath of office on January 7 and went to Parliament. I did not know what my salary was until January 5, 2021, almost four years into my term before I knew what my salary was. This is because the constitution gives the President the mandate to set up an emolument committee to determine Article 71 holder salaries.

“So, for four years, those of us in the seventh parliament were paid the salary of the sixth parliament, it is the same way those who are in the eighth parliament would be paid the salaries of the seventh parliament,” he said.

Sam George noted that, after the committee’s work, they had to send a recommendation to the president indicating the salary of all Article 71 officeholders, it is then that the difference in salary would be paid.

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Full Details: Coup Plotters Wanted To Bomb NCA, Block Jubilee House, And Arrest Akufo

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Full Details: Coup Plotters Wanted To Bomb NCA, Block Jubilee House, And Arrest Akufo

Members of Take Action Ghana (TAG), alleged coup plotters facing prosecution in court planned to engage in series of attacks including arresting President Akufo-Addo, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Speaker of Parliament, and the Chief Justice at one function.

According to prosecution witness Colonel Isaac Amponsah during a cross examination in the case of ACP Benjamin Agorzor and nine others, the group planned to bomb NCA in order to shut down radio stations, block al entry and exit routes to Jubilee house among others.

“On the 5th July, a conversation between Dr. Mac Palm and the BNI informant who had infiltrated the TAG, Dr. Mac Palm gave details of all the plan including the blocking of 66 Artillery Regiment, the Jubilee House, and indicated that they will block all the exit and entry route so that Ofori-Atta and all the big guys cannot escape”, Colonel Amponsah told an Accra High Court.

He further stated Dr. Mac Palm “also talked about capturing of the president and referred to a function that took place in the north”.

He stressed that at the said function, “the President was there, Vice President was there and the Speaker of Parliament was there and he indicated that he didn’t see the Chief Justice and they are looking for a function where all four are present so they can capture them”.

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Health Minister Should Be Sacked Over Sputnik-V Vaccine Procurement Saga – Martin Kpebu Boldly Tells Akufo-Addo

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A Private Legal Practitioner, Martin Kpebu, has called on President Akufo-Addo to sack the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu.

According to him, the Minister has not shown prudence in the handling of the procurement of the Sputnik – V vaccine for the national inoculation exercise.

A Norwegian news tabloid, Verdens Gang, reported that Ghana has made a request to purchase 3.4 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine through two businessmen who are selling it to Ghana at $19 per dose instead of the $10 per dose on the international market.

This has generated public uproar, with the Minority in Parliament and others calling for the cancellation of the deal.

However, the government has explained that it could not secure the vaccines directly from the manufacturer, hence the need to go through some middlemen, and that explains why the cost is higher than the standard price of the Russian vaccine.

But Martin Kpebu in an interview Citi News insisted that the Health Minister has failed in that regard.

He said the least the President can do is to sack him.

“He should know that Ghanaians are very vigilant; so this one, I think the Health Minister has been too sloppy and the least the President can do is to sack him. The President should know that we are very angry with what the Health Minister has done, he has not shown prudence at all and has also shown no sensitivity to how Ghanaians react to issues of money.”

The Minority in Parliament is demanding the immediate abrogation of the contract.

According to the Ranking Member on the Health Committee, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, revelations about the government procuring vaccines at $19 per dose instead of $10 smacks of financial impropriety and cost inflation.

“The minority in Parliament will urge the government to reconsider both terms of this contract with particular emphasis on price and work assiduously through proper diplomatic and approved channels to secure COVID-19 vaccines for Ghanaians.”

He also believes the deal should have gone to Parliament for approval because it passes for an international agreement.

“This contract is unconstitutional, null, and void and the government should abrogate and refrain from making any payment with respect to this contract before laying the entirety of the contract before Parliament for scrutiny and subsequent approval.”

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Auditor-General Chases Former Nhyiaeso NPP MP For ‘Missing’ GH₵500,000

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Former Member of Parliament (MP) for the Nhyiaeso Constituency, Kennedy Kankam, has been ordered by the Auditor-General to recover GH₵ 500,000 that he oversaw disbursed to individuals as loans.

The Auditor-General’s report indicated that the monies, which amounted to the MP’s share of the District Assembly’s common fund, have not been paid since they were given to some 430 people in 2019.

Between the end of 2019 and the third quarter of 2020, the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) received GH₵ 4,821,929.80, of which Kankam allegedly requested GH₵ 500, 000.

Kankam, a former accountant with the KMA, is said to have asked a former finance officer of the KMA, Daniel Kankam, and coordinating director, Samuel Donkor, to transfer the funds from a Labour Project Fund and Social Investment Fund to a Barclays (now Absa) bank account.

The Krofrom branch of Absa Bank made GH₵ 9,675.00 on the service of disbursement, having charged GH₵ 22.50 on each transfer to the 430 individuals.

The recipients were all in the former MP’s constituency and they were supposed to pay by the end of August 2020.

But investigations conducted by the Auditor-General’s office with the Absa Bank branch manager where the money was initially transferred to and a KMA lawyer, Patrick Adu-Poku, showed that none of the monies had been recovered at the end of January 2021.

The report from the office of the country’s top auditor revealed that Adu-Poku, despite his position as the chief legal counsel of the KMA, did not assent to the process. It is not clear if this means the lawyer had no knowledge of the transfer.

There was also no arrangement with the 430 individuals to have them sign an agreement that requires them to pay the loans. This would have guaranteed the right of the KMA to mount a legal challenge to retrieve the funds from the individuals.

According to the Attorney-General, in spite of the dire situation, the KMA has so far not asked Absa to help in retrieving the funds. This, therefore, puts the metropolis at the risk of losing the monies out of sheer negligence and neglect.

About Kennedy Kankam

After years of public service at the KMA, Kankam upset the odds when he beat veteran New Patriotic Party (NPP) politician and former Minister of Health, Richard Anane, in a constituency primary in 2016.

Being a safe NPP seat, Nhyiaeso was almost destined to go Kankam’s way and he was sworn in as only the second MP in the constituency’s history in 2017.

But Kankam also lost his primary in 2020 to Stephen Amoah, a former head of the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) in the first government of Nana Akufo-Addo.

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