The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) is making a case for a review of the Article 71 of the 1992 Constitution.
Article 71 (1) and (2) of the 1992 Constitution determines the salaries and allowances of the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary paid from the Consolidated Fund would be determined by the President, on the recommendations of a committee of not more than five persons appointed by him and acting upon the advice of the Council of State.
In a tweet, the Director of Research at the IEA, Dr John Kwakye while calling for its amendment said any government that is not committed to this call for a review is not interested in fiscal discipline.
“Article 71 needs immediate review to trim the bloated salaries, allowances and other benefits of the stated office holders. Any Gov’t that is not committed to the review isn’t interested in fiscal discipline” he claimed.
His remarks come as dispute over this Article has been sparked by former president John Dramani Mahama, who claims that the government only paid him GH230,000 for pay arrears and denies collecting GH14 million as ex gratia.
“The sole payment given to me by the government, Accountant General, was my salary arrears of 230,000 cedis in 2013,” Mr. Mahama stated.
I’ll first show you the bank statement, and if you’d like, we can then phone a number of you journalists.
Naturally, I don’t want to publicize my bank statement, but I can show it to you so you may review all the transactions and determine whether a 14 million cedi payment has been made, former president Mahama concluded.