Following a public outcry over salaries, Ghana’s first lady has rejected all allowances due her by the country’s parliament and offered to refund all the allowances she has received since the president assumed office in 2017.
Last week, Ghanaians expressed their dissatisfaction at the decision by Members of Parliament to approve salaries of about $3,500 (£2,500) a month for the wives of the president and vice-president for the supportive role they play.
The decision follows Rebecca Akufo-Addo describes as “some extremely negative opinions, in some cases, which she finds distasteful, seeking to portray her as a venal, self-serving and self-centred woman, who does not care about the plight of the ordinary Ghanaian”.
The first lady said she will refund the sum amounting to 899,097.84 Ghanaian cedis ($151,618).
She said she did not request to be paid and had “only received that which existed and attached to her status, albeit informally”.