President John Mahama will take home a salary of GH¢22,809 up from the non-taxable salary of GH¢15,972 previously approved for outgoing presidents.
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. 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.
According to the report, President Mahama, while on retirement will receive benefits such as state-provided staff not exceeding four (4) and a furnished and up-to-date office and communication equipment.
The outgoing president will also receive “40 percent of [his] salary to be paid monthly. Staff support consisting of a cook, steward and gardener.”
For security, “the state will provide two security persons to be chosen by the former President from state security. Two vehicles for security.”
For transport, President Mahama will be given two vehicles, a chauffeur, maintained and comprehensively insured by the State and changed every four years for life.
For overseas official travel, the state will fully pay for all of his trips with his wife and two security persons.
The report, however, indicated that the state will sponsor only two of such travels per year and those not exceeding two weeks in duration.
The outgoing president and his spouse will also be entitled to free healthcare. Other benefits include, the payment of utilities at his residence.
The Chief Justice will also take home GH¢17,107 up from the previous GH¢15,552 while the Speaker of Parliament, who receives GH¢16,174 will now take home GH¢17,791.
Find below other offices and their respective increased earnings
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