First lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo (right) and Second Lady Samira Bawumia

The Minority in parliament has announced it will go to the Supreme Court to seek redress over the decision of Parliament to approve the payment of salaries to the First and Second ladies.

The approval by Parliament has formalized the payment of remuneration to the spouses of the President and Vice President who were placed on allowances until now.

Speaking to the media, MP for South Dayi Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor disclosed the Minority Whip Muntaka Mubarak says the move is an illegality.

According to him, the executive was consequently asked to shelve that portion of the report.

Dafeamekpor disclosed he is in the process of filing a suit at the Supreme Court over the matter

He said “as we speak, I’m in the process of filing a writ at the Supreme Court. Hopefully, tomorrow by this time the writ would have been filed. We want to interrogate the issues, the committee had no mandate to make the kind of recommendation they did.”

“The terms of reference of the committee were to review the emoluments of Article 71 office-holders. They didn’t tell them to go and review the condition of services of a person who does not fall within Article 71 officeholders.”

He indicated that parliament could have “insisted for them to take the report back, amend and relay. But the sponsors of the report were adamant. The fact that they were adamant doesn’t mean parliament approved of it. Parliament approved what was legitimate as contained in the report.”

“So, if the president says today that because it went through parliament he’s giving the go-ahead for the recommendations to be implemented, the appropriate quarter to tackle that will be the supreme court. To determine whether or not the spouses of the president and the vice president are contemplated as Article 71 public holders as ascribed to it in the constitution,” he added.

Source: Ghana/