Teachers and civil officials in Ghana are paid “indecent” salaries, according to Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta.
“I look at teachers and civil servants, for example, and I will be the first to admit that the salaries are indecent; nobody will argue with that,” President Nana Akufo-cousin Addo’s told his audience at a recent town hall meeting in Wa, Upper West Region, to sensitize Ghanaians to the e-levy and why the government needs it passed urgently.
“So, sure, there is a reasonable need for more,” he agreed, “and there is a valid fact that there is no money.”
“So, as a society, what do we do?” He inquired.
“Then you ask for a raise in pay, which is fine.” Then I reply, ‘But it’s your other civil servants who aren’t collecting the money, so how can you, as the person in charge of collecting the money, not collect it and then urge me to give you the money?’ “That’ll be a separate issue,” he explained.
The original intended e-levy of 1.75 percent has been reduced to 1.5 percent.
It is still in limbo in the hung parliament due to the Minority Caucus’ refusal to work with the Majority to get it enacted.