Members of Ghana's political elite will be expecting a 10% pay hike soon, this is according to a report authored by the Presidential Committee on Emoluments.
According to the details of the report, an unforeseen anomaly that needs attention is that of the Speaker of Parliament receiving a bigger salary (GH¢16,174 a month) than the President (GH¢15,972 a month). This is due to a 20% annual salary increase that some public servants receive, as opposed to the president and vice-president's 10%.
This disparity is similar to the vice-president's salary (GH¢14,375) being less than that of some members of the Legislature, namely the ministers who are also MPs (GH¢14,515) Majority Leader and Minority Leader.
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According to the committee's report, the 10 percent increment should've taken effect since 2013. This means the beneficiaries of this recent increment are in line to receive a tidy lump sum to tide them over the coming months.
In order to correct the issue, the Presidential Committee on Emoluments has suggested that the President and Vice-President benefit receive a different salary increment that should be backdated since 2009.