President Refunds Salary Excess
The Director of Communication at the presidency, Mr. Eugene Arhin has announced that the President, His Excellency Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo received more than he is entitled to as president for this year.
According to him, an accrued amount of ¢237,974 excess was received by the President from January to August which constituted salary increment.
He added that the President has refunded the excess to the Controller and Accountant General’s Department already.
He put on record that the decision to refund the amount was in fulfillment of the President’s pledge to freeze the salary increment of Executive officials for the whole of 2021.
“At this year’s May Day celebration, the president indicated that he had taken the decision to freeze salary increment for 2021 for himself as president, the vice president, for ministers, deputy ministers, and also all other appointees of the Executive. For some reason, when the President received his accrued salary from January to August this year it was noticed that the directive he gave had not been enforced so leading by example, on Thursday 2nd of September, he wrote a cheque of ¢237,974 to the Pensions and Salaries Account of the Controller and Accountant General’s Department to reflect the decision he has taken to freeze salary increment for himself.”
Following the President’s refund, he has instructed the Chief of Staff to ensure that the vice president, the ministers of state, deputy ministers of state, and other appointments of the executive also refund increments that have so far been made to them.
According to Mr. Arhin, the increment is not due to them. He added that the President’s action was to be exemplary for the ministers and other Executive Government Appointees.