The President, John Dramani Mahama, Ministers and Deputy Ministers who served in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government from January 7, 2009 to January 7, 2013 have not been paid their ex gratia, says a statement issued by the Information Ministry April 8, 2013.
Also presidential staffers during the same period have also not been paid ex-gratia, the Ministry added contrary to some media reports suggesting that members of the political elite have paid themselves lump sum ex gratia awards.
The statement signed by Information Minister, Mahama Ayariga said “The payment of ex gratia, so far, only applies to members of the legislature.”
It adds that Ministers and Deputy Ministers may only receive their ex- gratia “when the concerns of other non article 71 office holders have been equally attended to.”
By Ekow Quandzie