A Legal Practitioner, Lawyer Yaw Oppong says Ghana cannot continue to spend a huge sum of Ghanaian Cedis to build a mansion for the country’s former Presidents all in the name of retirement benefits at the expense of ordinary Ghanaians.
Lawyer Yaw Oppong , is therefore, suggesting for the nation to a have a place he called a Presidential Villa , where our former Presidents can relocate to, after their term in office as Presidents have come to an end.
Ghana’s immediate past president, Mr. John Dramani Mahama through his former Chief of Staff, Mr. Julius Debrah had informed the Akuffo Addo,s led New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration, to allow him (Mahama) to keep his Bungalow No 3 , Prestige Link Cantonments , Accra and its adjoining facilities as his official retirement home.
The former President request came on the back of recommendations made by the Prof Dora Francisca Edu-Buandoh Committee tasked to review emoluments of Article 71 office holders, including the former president’s retirement package.
The committee recommended that the former president should not be given a house in Accra and another location of his choice outside the capital , as has been the norm, but instead Mahama should rather receive 40 percent of his salary to paid monthly .
Speaking on the SPACE FM MORNING FLIGHT show on Tuesday, Lawyer Yaw Oppong said, the nation can build mansions outside Accra and a very conducive place, purposely for our former presidents where they can use them as their residence and offices.
He said they can use that place as their museum if they do not want it to be their residence and offices.
Although the former president request has not been accepted or approved by the current government, Lawyer Yaw Oppong believes the request will be accepted by the Akuffo Addo, s Government.
He said the Bungalow will be given to the former president to pave the way for the government to find a suitable place for the former president, Mr. John Agyekum Kuffour , who has not receive any official facility from the former government as his residence and offices.
He suggested to the country’s former presidents to reject some government bungalows as their retirement benefits in a very diplomatic way, so that, the newly Members of Parliament (MPs) or any judge who had been transferred to Accra can use those facilities as their offices or residences.