JoyNews has learnt that the Emoluments Committee recommended that incumbent and former first and second ladies are to be paid salaries received by their husbands.
The report stated that, “The committee recommends that the support extended to spouses of Presidents/former Presidents, Vice Presidents/former Vice Presidents be regularized and included in the privileges of Presidents/former Presidents/Vice Presidents/former Vice Presidents.
“We have accordingly included these allowances at same level as currently pertains in Table 7.3 (A and B)”.
Table 7.3 (A) and (B) which can be found on page 72 and 74 of the report is titled “The President” and “The Vice President”.
The table makes the following suggestions;
It recommended that a President/former President is given facility/benefit including office accommodation, residential accommodation, security, transportation, security, among others.
When the person is out of office, the state is to provide a fully furnished office with an up to date communication equipment and staff not exceeding 4. Such an office will revert to the state should the person die.
Also, a fully furnished residence in the nation’s capital or at a location in Ghana of the person’s choice will be provided.
This is to be a four-bedroom house plus a study and a two bedroom guest accommodation.
Two vehicles, chauffeur-driven, maintained and comprehensively insured by the state and two dispatch motor cycles for travel in country are also to be provided. This fleet is to be changed every four years for life.
For those at the level of the Vice President, a fully furnished office is to be provided when they are out of office provided they are not occupying public office with 30% of their salary to be paid for accommodation.
Again, two vehicles comprehensively insured, chauffeur-driven with an allocation of 450 litres of fuel per month was recommended.