June 19, 2014

A total of 327,363.69 Cedis has been accrued from the ten per cent voluntary deduction of salaries of government appointees.

This was disclosed by the Finance Minister Seth Terkper in a written answer to a question in Parliament by Member of Parliament for Jaman South, Yaw Afful on how much has so far been realized from the President and his Ministers voluntary 10% pay cut.

Mr Terkper noted that a bank account was opened for this deduction on the 31st of January for this deduction and that the amount is grossed is the total deduction as at May 2014.

The Minister is expected to state the details of the total amount of proceeds realized from the deduction when he appears before Parliament later. The minister’s arrival in Parliament has been delayed due to flight problem encountered in Nigeria where he is expected to fly from Abuja to Accra.

Mr Terpker in his budget statement last year indicated that the president and his appointees had planned to willingly have ten per cent of their salaries deducted for the sole intention of building Community based Health and Planning Systems (CHPS) compounds.

What is not known is whether the monies accrued have been processed into the construction of the CHPS compound to expand healthcare delivery in the country.

The MPs are expected to grill the minister as they claim they have supplementary questions to ask.