The Minority in Parliament has called on the Auditor-General to audit the accounts of the Lady’s Foundation – The Rebecca Foundation and ensure that the foundation refunds moneys it received from the state.
The NDC lawmakers also want the Auditor-General to ensure that the amount she has returned to the state so far is accurate.
Addressing journalists in Parliament Tuesday, Deputy Minority Leader and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, James Klutse Avedzi said the Auditor-General will be requested to also probe the source of funding of the Rebecca Foundation.
“She must also compute the interest that money would have accrued if it were put into an interest account and pay same to government. We are calling on the Auditor General to go into the accounts of the First lady to ascertain the money she refunded is indeed the money she received.
“If she is now refunding the money it means she is no longer interested in state funds and for that matter, all state funding of her NGO should be audited by the Auditor-General and all those money should be returned to the state because she is not interested in state money,” he said.
Rebecca Akufo-Addo has officially refunded over GHC899,0000 to the state, being allowances she received from January 7, 2017 till date
The payment was made with a CBG cheque from account number 000002.
The First Lady also said she does not want any form of financial assistance from the state.
A statement by her office to the Presidency through the Chief of Staff, Frema Opare noted that a full refund of GHC899,097.04 had been made.
The notification letter to the Presidency signed by Shirley Laryea, read “I am directed to forward, herewith, a Consolidated Bank Ghana Limited cheque number 000002 for an amount of GHf899,097.84 (Eight Hundred and Ninety-Nine Thousand Ninety-Seven Ghana cedis Eighty-Four pesewas) being the full refund for monies received from 7. January 2017 to date as allowances given to Her Excellency the First Lady of the Republic.“
“As disclosed by the statement issued on 12th of July 2021 Her Excellency the First Lady of the Republic, is refunding the amount stated above and also takes this opportunity to decline any allowances to be paid to her in the future.”
The statement added, “Her Excellency the First Lady remains committed to her role as First Lady and is devoted to her charity work championing the wellbeing of women and children in Ghana.”