Renowned Sports journalist and President of the Ghana Beach Soccer Association, Yaw Ampofo-Ankrah has entered the debate concerning the retirement package approved for outgoing President John Mahama when he finally leaves the reins of power on 7th January, 2017.
President Mahama who lost the December 7 polls to the New Patriotic Party’s, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will be retiring on a salary of GH¢22,809, up from the non-taxable salary of GH¢15,972 previously approved for presidents.
This particular amount however reflects about 43 percent increase from the amount previously paid to presidents.
But, commenting on the monthly take-home salary for the president, former BBC journalist, Yaw Ampofo-Ankrah who campaigned for the NDC in both the 2012 and 2016 took to Facebook to compare how much he earns as an anchor with SuperSports covering an international football tournament.
Ampofo Ankrah added “if I was a very wealthy man and in a position to do so, I would pay the amount myself to President Mahama and indeed all our former living heads of state for their sacrifices to our dear nation. This cheap and backward nonsense must stop”.
The outspoken sports administrator also said he hopes President elect Nana Addo will deliver because the goodwill of Ghanaians will push him to work hard on the NPP’s campaign promises.
The other retirement packages for President Mahama includes;
State-provided staff not exceeding four (4) and a furnished and up-to-date office and communication equipment.
A “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.
NB: The outgoing president and his spouse will also be entitled to free healthcare. Other benefits include, the payment of utilities at his residence.
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