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More trouble for Prez.Akufo-Addo as two MPs files suit to challenge approval of First and Second ladies Salaries at the Supreme court

Two Members of Parliament and a Ghanaian citizen have filed a suit at the Supreme Court in attempt to throw out approval of salaries for the First and Second Ladies of Ghana.

The suit led by Dafeamekpor Rockson-Nelson, MP for South Dayi constituency in the Volta Region, Dr Clement Abaasinat Apaak and the citizen, Frederick Nii Commey, are seeking a total of eight reliefs from the Supreme Court.

The eight reliefs are:

  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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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 and 2nd Ladies of the Republic of Ghana.
  3. A further declaration that the recommendations of the Committee, to the extent that it pertains to the 1st and 2nd Ladies of the Republic of Ghana, are null, void and of no effect.
  4. 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.
  5. An order declaring the recommendations in respect of privileges, facilities, salaries and allowances payable to the 1st and 2nd Ladies of the Republic of Ghana as unconstitutional and void.
  6. 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 and 2nd Ladies of the Republic of Ghana.
  7. Any further Order(s) or direction(s) as this Honourable Court may deem necessary.
    Lawyers of the applicants are at the registry of the Supreme Court to file the action.
    A five-member emolument committee which was set up in June 2019 by President Nana Akufo-Addo among other things recommended the said allowance.
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Godsway Charles Tudi is a senior editor at CbGist.com from Akatsi in the Volta region of Ghana. I am a graduate of the University of development studies with a degree in journalism from the Ghana Institute of Journalism. For enquiries, contact us on +233248932782 or email us on info@cbgist.com. At Cbgist.com, trust is our number one priority. We fact-check all our stories before posting.

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