No! I won’t donate my salary to help in fight against COVID-19 – Mahama explains why

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Former President John Dramani Mahama is holding on firmly to the full complements of his salary.

This is coming at a time when President Akufo-Addo, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, Ministers of State as well as some heads of government institutions have donated either all or part of their salaries for the next three months to help in the fight against the deadly virus.

The disease which has ravaged the global and local economy has claimed some five lives out of the 287 cases so far recorded in the country.

In a bid to mitigate the effect of the disease on the poor and vulnerable in society, the Akufo Addo led government set up a COVID-19 fund for well-meaning Ghanaians to contribute their widow’s mite to the fight against the pandemic.

The Trust Fund, headed by former Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, will receive contributions to help improve the lives of those who will be worst hit by the viral outbreak in the country.

Other members of the Board of trustees of the Fund are Archbishop Justice Ofei Akrofi, Jude Kofi Bucknor, Gifty Afenyi-Dadzie, Elsie Addo-Awadzie, Dr. Ernest Ofori-Sarpong, and Dr. Tanko Collins Asare.

Since its establishment, several organizations and individuals have made donations.

Already, President Akufo-Addo has donated his April, May, and June salaries as seed money for the Fund.

Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia followed in the President’s steps and also donated his three months salary to the Trust Fund.

All Ministers of State and other top appointees at the presidency voluntarily decided to donate 50 percent of their salary for the next three months to the recently initiated COVID-19 Fund.

With the entire government machinery taking a cue from President Akufo-Addo’s move, pressure began mounting on the flagbearer of the opposition, NDC to also take a pay cut.

But the former President Mahama who is taking another shot at the presidency, says any donation of his salary “will not help.”

“Somebody decides to donate his salary, that’s for him. I am spending money buying PPEs and distributing them. Everybody does what he thinks he can do best to help. I believe that donating my salary in the future will not help,” he said in an interview with JoyNews.

In his fifth televised address, President Akufo-Addo said the total amount realized from donations from individuals and corporate institutions, as at the time of the address on Sunday stood at GHC 8.75 million.



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