Minister for Communications, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, has described as false and a fabrication, the Chronicle newspaper’s report announcing new allowances for Ministers of State totaling over twelve thousand Ghana Cedis (Gh¢12,000).
A statement issued on Wednesday said no Ghanaian Minister enjoys an allowance as part of his/her salary except those entitled to rent because they do not stay in a Government-owned residence.
“Why a news medium will choose to imagine such amounts, knowing very well they are false, is surprising, but Ghanaians can be assured that their Ministers are not entitled to the said allowances, and do not receive same”, the Minister stated.
Dr. Omane Boamah also noted that a Cabinet Minister does not even earn GH¢10,000, let alone a non-Cabinet Minister. He urged the Chronicle newspaper and other news mediums that have made it a regular strategy now to deviate from the tenets of responsible journalism and publishing deliberate and concocted stories as news, to “turn over a new leaf for the sake of renewing the confidence of readers, listeners and viewers in their mediums.”
The Chronicle claimed among others that Ministers in addition to their salaries also earn Duty allowance, Special allowance, Entertainment allowance and Wardrobe allowance.
The statement also expressed disappointment in a former Deputy Minister for finance, Dr. Gheysika Agambila, for jumping to condemn Ministers of State without verifying the truth or otherwise of the Chronicle’s story.
According to the Minister for Communications, he does not want to believe that the Chronicle publication is yet another set-up by the opposition parties to push out false news and prepare their officials to run down Government officials.
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