10% of Mahama, appointees’ deduction yields over ¢300,000

A little over 300,000 cedis has been grossed from the ten per cent voluntary deduction of salaries of government appointees.

The Finance Minister Seth Terkper is expected to disclose the fine details of the total amount of proceeds realised from the deduction when he appears before Parliament.

The Minister in his budget statement last year announced the plan by the president and his appointees to voluntarily have ten per cent of their salaries deducted for the purpose of building  Community based Health and Planning Systems (CHPS) compounds.

Several months after the promise was made in Parliament it was not clear how much had been realised prompting members of Parliament to file a question demanding from the minister how much had been raised.

Joy News’ Parliamentary correspondent Elton John Brobbey reported that the minister’s appearance before Parliament had been delayed due to ill-health by the pilot who was expected to fly him from Abuja to Accra.

Even though the minister is later expected to appear before Parliament at 1:00 pm, Brobbey said he had received a copy of the written response the minister is expected to provide to the question asked him.

Brobbey quoted the written response as saying that a total amount of  327,363.69 cedis had been raised following the opening of a bank account on January 31, 2014.

It was however unclear whether the monies have been channelled into the construction of the CHPS compound to expand healthcare delivery in the country.

Members of Parliament say they still have supplementary questions for the Minister.

They want to know if at all any CHPS compound has been built from the amount raised.

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