Professionals in Ghana don’t give professional advice – Kwesi Pratt Jnr
Ghanaian Journalist and Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Mr Pratt Jnr has wade into ongoing discussions about the approval of salaries for spouses of the first and second gentlemen of the country.
According to him, if they do, the Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu chaired Emolument Committee which recommended the approval of the salaries for the spouses of the president and his vice would have made reference to the constitution, the ultimate law of the land before making the recommendation.
“My worry is that in this country it is becoming clear that many professionals when called upon to advise do not give professional advice because one would have expected that when lawyers are given advice they would be guided by the law and if they are guided by the law they will read the constitution”.
First and Second ladies salaries unconstitutional
He described the decision as unconstitutional adding that the constitution was clear on who article 71 holders were and that does not include the spouses of the President and his vice.
“What has happened is unconstitutional, the constitution defines who article 71 office holders are and first ladies, second ladies and third ladies and fourth ladies are not listed in article 71 so is an unconstitutional act and there is no need at all to go through any debate about it”.
Parliament approves salaries for first and second ladies
The First and Second ladies of Ghana , Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo and Mrs Samira Bawumia and spouses of former Presidents are to be paid salaries equal to that of cabinet ministers following the approval of same by the 7th Parliament.
The decision was made upon the recommendation of the Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu chaired Emoluments Committee, set up in 2019.
The Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah had indicated the salaries for the spouses of the president, vice and former president was not new but had only been formalised based on the recommendation of the committee.
He revealed the initiative begun under the administration of the former President, John Agyekum Kufour.