Member of Parliament for Asawase, Alhaji Muntaka Mubarak, has said the government must deal with the wastes in the system to raise the needed revenue for development and not salary cuts.
Speaking in an interview with TV3’s Evelyn Tengmaa, the Minority Chief Whip said “When we were in government and our ministers and members were taking parts of their salaries to build CHPS compounds, our colleagues never participated.
“Why do they want to do their thing and they want us to participate? It is not in our interest to do that. Why am I saying that? if you continue to see the kind of waste, there is more they can cut as many ministers and government’s functionaries but not the meager salaries of MPs who are struggling to put body and soul together.”
His colleague National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament (MPs) have rejected a suggestion by Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah that MPs should consider a pay cut as a way of contributing to the development of Ghana.
Mr. Oppong Nkrumah who is also Ofoase Ayirebi Lawmaker said he is willing to move a motion in Parliament to get MPs to take pay cuts.
“I think that the legislature should also look at a pay cut. The executive is looking to cut salaries by X percent, maybe we are Members of Parliament, and I will be happy to move a motion on that in parliament that they should also consider taking a pay cut to help to contribute to what we are seeking to do.
“That is what gives you the moral right to then ask anybody else in the economy to take a cut or whatever project, or whatever activities that are going to go on,” he said on the Good Evening Ghana program on Metro TV Tuesday, March 22.
This comes after President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reduced the salaries of all his appointees by up to 30 percent.
This is one of the measures introduced by the government to deal with the economic problems facing the country at the moment, the Presidency said.