Joyce Bawa Mogtari, the special aide to former President John Mahama, has disclosed the details of the ex-gratia payments received by Mahama since leaving office in 2020
She revealed that Mahama received a lump sum of Gh¢250,000 and a monthly pension of Gh¢22,000.
Bawa made this disclosure during an interview on GHOne, where she was commenting on Mahama’s promise to abolish ex-gratia payments.
In his campaign launch at the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ho, Mr. Mahama reiterated his commitment to ending ex-gratia payments to members of the executive, starting in 2025, and will also seek to convince members of other arms of government to support the move.
Ex-gratia payments have been a controversial topic in Ghanaian politics, with some arguing that they provide a necessary financial cushion for former government officials while others view them as an unnecessary burden on the country’s finances.
In light of this debate, Mahama’s promise to scrap ex-gratia payments has been met with mixed reactions from the public. Some have praised him for taking a bold stance on the issue, while others have criticized the move as an attempt to win political points.
Regardless of public opinion, Mahama’s promise to end ex-gratia payments raises important questions about the role of financial incentives in government service and the responsibility of political leaders to manage public resources effectively.
It remains to be seen whether Mahama will be able to follow through on his promise if he is re-elected in 2024. However, his stance on the issue highlights the need for a broader conversation about government compensation and accountability in Ghana and beyond.
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