In Parliament Review our salaries - MP's tell Mahama

In January this year, President John Mahama formed a five-member presidential committee chaired by Professor Dora Francisca Edu-Buandoh to determine the emoluments of Article 71 office holders.

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A former Attorney General and Minister of Justice has asked government to speed up the determination of new emoluments for Members of Parliament (MPs) and other article 71 office holders.

At the house’s first sitting after it resumed from break, MP for Sekondi Papa Owusu Ankomah, raised the issue on the floor of Parliament.

Speaking to Accra-based Citi FM Papa Owusu Ankomah said to prevent the regular controversies that engulf review a committee must be formed soon to ensure this is done.

“The way our constitution is formulated, Article 71, it’s like every four years, the President is bound by the constitution to set up certain committees that will recommend to the President and Parliament to determine the emoluments of certain public officers. Now, particularly for those of us within the political class; it is almost always embroiled in controversy because as we speak, the President has not determined the salaries and emoluments of that class of officers including the Chief Justice, Members of Parliament etc; but anytime there is a controversy about it, it is the political that is held responsible.”

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Ankomah questioned when parliament can make time to look into the committee’s report.

“Parliament has not been able to perform its constitutional duty under 71(2).We are being told by the business committee that we are going to sit for just about three weeks so when are we going to get the time to determine it?,” he quizzed.

Meanwhile, the Majority Leader, Alban Bagbin, promised to ensure that the legal authority considers the matter since he does not want what occurred in 2008 to happen again.

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“It is difficult for me to ensure that, but I will definitely consult with the legal authority to make sure that it is brought earlier than we experienced in 2008. In fact, in 2008, it was brought on the last day that Parliament was to rise and we do not want to experience that again and so I will try and follow up on the issue so that it will come earlier. I agree with you that we should have sufficient time to go through the report and then maybe make some input to improve upon on what they would have proposed.”

In January this year, President John Mahama formed a five-member presidential committee chaired by Professor Dora Francisca Edu-Buandoh to determine the emoluments of Article 71 office holders.

Other members of the committee include Professor Kwamena Ahwoi, Dr William Baah Boateng, Mrs Norkor Duah and Mrs Lydia Bawa.

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