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Akufo-Addo freezes salary increment for himself and…

Akufo-Addo freezes salary increment for himself and all appointees of the Executive

Akufo-Addo freezes salary increment for himself and…

President Nana Akufo-Addo says his outfit together with that

of Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and all members of

the Executive would not see any increase in salary this year.

Addressing the nation during an event to celebrate Workers’ Day,

the President noted that the decision taken is to assist the country

to recuperate from the adverse effect the Covid-19 pandemic

has had on the economy.

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“I have taken the decision to freeze salary increment for this year, 2021

for myself as president, the vice president, ministers, deputy ministers,

and all appointees of the executive.

“It is our modest contribution to reduce the damage to our public revenue

and to help hasten our nation’s recovery from the ravages of the pandemic,”

he stated.

According to the Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, despite

the challenges the pandemic has presented, the country has chalked some

successes owing to the contributions and hard work of workers nationwide.

He indicated that through combined efforts, Ghana can now boast of a

good labour environment and further urged organized labour to continue

to resort to social dialogue and engagement with government

and other stakeholders.

President Akufo-Addo also revealed that negotiations with the

Tribunal Tripartite Committee to set a marginal increment of salary for

public workers have begun in earnest.

His assurance follows concerns raised by public workers unions after the

Ministry of Finance explained that government does not have enough money

in its coffers to undertake salary increment for at least the next three years.

Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has encouraged Ghanaians not to lose

sight of the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda as it continues to serve as

the beacon of hope for Africa.

“I am confident that we can free ourselves from a mindset of dependence,

charity, and handout and build a self-reliant economy which would mobilize

the immense resources of Ghana, material, and human with women and

youth in the forefront to resolve Ghana’s problems and deliver a dignified

standard of living to the working people of our country,” he added.

He also used the platform to entreat Ghanaians to remain calm and

have hope in the incumbent government to prioritize the safety of citizens

and procure more Covid-19 vaccines.

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