Article 71 Office Holders Pay Rise Have we been tricked? - OccupyGhana

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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Pressure group OccupyGhana has questioned whether Ghanaians have been tricked by the Mahama-led administration following the 10percent increase in salaries for article 71 office holders.

In a Facebook post, the pressure group explained that President Mahama in 2013 announced a 10% pay cut for all political staff in the NDC administration. The pay cut was to fund Community Health Program and Service (CHPS) compounds in the rural communities to help in the efforts to curb maternal mortality and promote neo-natal health care.

However, 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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The increase is expected to start in January 2017. The increase will be backdated to 2013.

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

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The current increase indicates that President Mahama who is paid a non-taxable salary of GH¢15,972 has now been pegged at GH¢ 22,809, enjoying an annual 10% pay rise since 2013.

Some other article 71 holders include members such as the President, Vice President, Cabinet Ministers, Ministers of State, Regional Ministers and Members of the Council of State.

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