Togbe Afede rejects ex-gratia as a Council of State Member

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The former president of the National House of Chiefs, Togbe Afede XIV, has rejected an amount of GH¢365,392 ex-gratia for serving on the Council of State between 2017 and 2020.

He believes it is inappropriate for him to receive the aforementioned sum when he already received monthly salaries for his service to the state.

According him he gave back the cash to the country due to the fact he “become very uncomfortable” with the money and deemed it “beside the point for a short, efficaciously part-time work,” for which he acquired a month-to-month revenue and become entitled to different privileges.

The Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State issued these clarifications in response to public outrage over whether or not he followed through on his alleged refund and the reasoning behind it.

The traditional leader explained in a press statement issued on Monday that, “I did not think the payment was made to trap me, as is being speculated.”

“I believe it was paid to everybody who served on the Council of State. However, I thought that extra payment was inappropriate for a short, effectively part-time work, for which I received a monthly salary and was entitled to other privileges. So, I was very uncomfortable with it,” he added.

“After weeks of trying, I obtained advice on how to refund inappropriate payments to the State, and on March 4, 2022, I made the refund into the Controller & Accountant General’s Department Suspense Account at the Bank of Ghana,” he said in the statement.

“I want to add that my rejection of the payment was consistent with my general abhorrence of the payment of huge ex-gratia and other outrageous benefits to people who have by their own volition offered to serve our poor country,” the statement added.

Read the full statement below:

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

 

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