US-based Ghanaian Lawyer, Professor Stephen Kwaku Asare says Prof. Baidu Ntiamoah Committee’s recommendations will further deepen the country’s economic woes, if allowed to be implemented.
For him, the report clearly points to the fact that the Ntiamoa-Baidu-led committee has misunderstood the country’s balance sheet and misread its mood following the gross mismanagement and financial extravagance in its recommendations.
“Her recommendations will cost us a fortune, plunge us into further debt, poverty, misery and hardships.
“Ntiamoa-Baidu has tasked poor Ghanafuo to finance a life of luxury for the few Article 71 holders even as they struggle to get clean water, reliable electricity and access to toilets,” Prof Kwaku Asare popularly known as Kwaku Azar said in a Facebook post on Saturday.
His comment comes after Parliament in January 2021, approved the Prof. Baidu Ntiamoah Committee’s report recommending emoluments for the executive, judiciary, and legislature. The committee’s report also made provisions for the spouses of the president and vice president to be paid salaries.
The move to formalise the payment of salaries to the First lady and Second lady has been greeted with massive backlash on social media.
Meanwhile, former President John Dramani Mahama has said it is unacceptable for the Akufo-Addo administration to vary an entrenched clause in the 1992 constitution without due process.
The former leader accused the Akufo-Addo government of attempting to “sneak the First and Second Ladies into the Article 71 office holders’ group”, saying “This is clearly problematic.”
“Article 71 is an entrenched clause in the 1992 Constitution and nothing short of a referendum can be used to amend or vary that clause as per article 290 of the Constitution. The Committee, and indeed the Government, cannot use a short-cut to circumvent well laid-out constitutional rules,” he said opinion shared on his website,www.johnmahama.org.
Read below Prof Kwaku Azar’s Post
Ntiamoa-Baidu distributes ex gratia, luxury vehicles, resettlement packages, spousal salaries, first class tickets and other benefits as if we are as rich as Sweden.
Yet, the $31.5M budgeted to purchase luxury vehicles for only 306 Beneficiaries is much higher than the budget of the Attorney-General’s Department. Think about that.
Swedish politicians and judges travel in crowded buses and trains, just like the citizens they represent. Their citizens have decided not to fund a life of luxury for their leaders.
Ntiamoa-Baidu has misunderstood the country’s balance sheet and misread its mood.
Her recommendations will cost us a fortune, plunge us into further debt, poverty, misery and hardships.
Ntiamoa-Baidu has tasked poor Ghanafuo to finance a life of luxury for the few Article 71 holders even as they struggle to get clean water, reliable electricity and access to toilets.
GOGO will not finance luxury vehicles for the few. It will finance public transportation for the many.