The first lady of Ghana, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo has decided to refund all monies paid to her as allowances since 2017 following public outrage over the government’s decision to pay her a monthly salary based on the recommendation made by the Presidential Committee on emoluments for Article 71 officeholders.

A statement from the office of the first lady on Monday 12 July 2021, said: “The public discussion has been laced with 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.”

“In view of this, the First Lady, in consultation with the President of the Republic, has decided to refund all monies paid to her as allowances from the date of the President’s assumption of office, i.e., from January 2017 to date, amounting to GHC899,097.84.

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