Article 71 Office Holders Halt 10% pay rise - Group urges Nana Addo

The Presidential Committee on Emoluments has recommended that all article 71 office holders in the country enjoy a 10% annual increase in their salaries.

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A group calling itself Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) has called on President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to stop the 10% pay raise for Article 71 office holders when he assumes office saying it is “too high.”

The Presidential Committee on Emoluments has recommended that all article 71 office holders in the country enjoy a 10% annual increase in their salaries.

READ ALSO: President Mahama, et al get 10% pay rise

The increase is expected to start in January 2017. It will, however, be backdated to start from 2013.

The report, signed by Prof. Dora Francisca Edua-Buandoh stated that recommendations were based on the committee’s guiding principles of fairness, equity, motivation and ability of government to pay.

Other offices and their respective increased earnings are:

Vice President – GH¢ 20,529

Chief Justice – GH¢17,107

Speaker of Parliament – GH¢ 17,791

Cabinet Minister (MP) – GH¢16,423

Cabinet Minster (Non-MP) – GH¢ 16,195

Minister of State (MP) – GH¢ 15,967

Minister of State (Non-MP) – GH¢ 15,739

Regional Minister (MP) – GH¢ 15,967

Regional Minister (Non-MP) – GH¢15,511

Deputy Minster (MP) – GH¢ 14,826

Deputy Regional Minister (MP) – GH¢14,598

Deputy Minister (Non-MP) – GH¢ 14,369

Dep. Regional Minster (Non-MP) – GH¢ 142,142

Chairman, Council of State – GH¢ 14,826

Member, Council of State – GH¢ 13,685

However, ASEPA in a statement signed by Executive Secretary Mensah Thompson said the raise was made “based on the irregular emoluments structure that existed.
But based on the reasons given for an upwards review, and several other benefits accrued to these state officials, 10% is preferably too high.”

“Already the structure of the economy does not allow for extra incomes, the fiscal space is not open enough and almost half of annual revenue goes into servicing emoluments of public workers and state officials.

“This is a wrong path. Article 71 office holders can do without a pay rise for 10-15 years. And any extra income for these office holders means no job for a young graduate who cannot survive without an income. There are several other challenges in the economy and the standard of living among a lot of the public needs an upgrade. We, therefore, call on the next government to set up another committee to review the Prof Dora Adu-Buandoh committee recommendations downwards. The current government should also avoid backdating the implementation of the report to 2013. Our priorities as a country need to be set right; either we want to develop or satisfy a few full-bellies to the detriment of the masses,” the statement added.

New Patriotic Party's presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo earlier announced the presser via his official Facebook page.

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