Mps Differ On Salary Cut

payeFollowing the announcement of a 10 percent voluntary cut of salaries of the President, John Mahama and his appointees, the Member of Parliament for Shai-Osudoku, David Tetteh Assumeng,  has also proposed that MPs should sacrifice five per cent of their monthly salaries in the interest of the State.

Delivering the 2014 budget in Parliament Tuesday, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Seth Terkper said “to demonstrate leadership, the President, his vice, appointees and ministers of state have decided to take a voluntary 10 per  cent pay cut in 2014”.

According to the MP, the 10 per cent monthly deductions would be paid into a dedicated fund to be used for the construction of specialised Community Health Programmes and Service (CHPS) compounds to deal with maternal mortality and neo-natal healthcare.

Although, the gesture by the President has been hailed by many, others, especially members of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) have described it as cheap populism.

But David Tetteh Assumeng believed the decision by the President to donate 10 per cent of his salary as an austerity measure to mitigate the current economic crisis is a sign of good leadership.

“One thing I’m very much grateful about is the proposal by the executives to slash down their salaries by 10 per cent. That has been an issue I have been championing all along that we should do well to slash the salaries of people within the Article 71 bracket,” he pointed out.

The Shai-Osudoku MP further noted that if the President has taken the lead in expressing this gesture, then Parliament should also follow suit.

Mr. Assumeng said MPs should emulate the good example set by the President and sacrifice 5 per cent for accelerated development.

However, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for New Juaben South, Dr. Mark Asibey Yeboah says he would not sacrifice a percent of his salary to the state given the wastage and corruption in government.

According to him, he would not contribute “even one cedi to such a fund” because, “looking at the waste and corruption in the system, I would rather donate it to some charity or a church”.

The New Juaben South MP contended there will be no sense of urgency on the part of the Mahama-led administration to fighting corruption.

Dr. Asibey Yeboah said until government took concrete steps to root out the canker, any call on MPs to sacrifice a quota of their salaries would fall on deaf ears.

“Unless I see government determined to cut the waste and corruption, I will not contribute to such a fund.”

Mr. Samuel Ayeh-Paye, MP for Ayensuano urged President Mahama to do more to tackle corruption.

According to him, he would rather vote for a President who would formulate policies and programmes to make corruption unattractive than one that would only take a pay cut.

“You can cut your salary by 100 per cent, it does not mean anything. I would rather vote for a president who would be paid GH¢50,000, but would check corruption than a president who would cut his salary by 10 per cent, but presides over corruption,” Mr. Ayeh-Paye asserted.

He therefore, urged the President to fight corruption in his administration, whether it was a perception or a reality.

     —Source: ghanaweb

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