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WHY ARE SALARIES OF MPS, MINISTERS DETERMINED AT THE END OF THEIR TERM? – RANDY ABBEY

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7 months ago

Why are salaries of MPs, Ministers determined at the end of their term? – Randy Abbey.

Ghana is the only country where MP’s, Minister’s salaries are determined at the end of their term – Abbey

 

Determination of salaries of MPs and Ministers have been unnecessarily complicated – Abbey

 

Ex-gratia is our salaries being paid to us - Sam George defends

 

Dr Randy Abbey, host of the Metro TV show Good Morning Ghana, has criticised successive governments' failure to decide the pay of Members of Parliament (MPs) and Ministers of State at the commencement of their terms.

 

According to Dr. Abbey, in the 4th Republic, every government establishes an emolument committee in the middle of its term, which determines the remuneration of MPs and Ministers at the end of their four-year tenure.

 

The presenter added that in all well-meaning countries, government employees know their perks even before they receive their employment, according to his show, which was monitored by GhanaWeb.

He claimed that the government's activity feeds public perceptions that the Executive Branch and the Legislature conspire to "produce, steal, and share" the country's riches.

 

"... I have yet to see a jurisdiction in the civilized world where people must work for four years before learning their working conditions and compensation. In this civilized world, I'm still coming to terms with it.

 

"I'm not sure whether countries' legislatures, executive branches, or judiciaries don't know how much they're entitled to, and it's a decision made at the end of their tenure." Apart from Ghana, I'm not sure where this is done," he remarked.

 

Dr. Abbey made these remarks after Ningo-Prampram Member of Parliament Sam Nartey George said that the government owes MPs 70% of their ex-gratia because their wages were not established when their tenure began.

 

MPs' wages in Ghana's 8th Parliament have yet to be determined, according to Sam George, which means that when they are, the difference in the amount owed them would be added to their retirement payout (ex-gratia).

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