MPs need “adequate salaries” to be accountable – Mensah-Bonsu  

Majority leader Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has claimed  higher salaries for members of Parliament  will make them more accountable to the citizenry.

The MPs argue the high standards the public is holding the institution to should be followed by better conditions of service.

Speaking on the floor of the House Tuesday, Mr. Mensah-Bonsu who is also parliamentary affairs minister  said lawmakers must be treated well if the demands for accountability is to see the light of day.

“An accountable parliament is one that has reporting procedures to inform constituents, it is one that provides standards and enforceable codes of conduct to the members.

“Mr. Speaker, a parliament that is accountable is one that ; and before I state it, I should rather put it in capital letters, It is one that should provide adequate salaries to members of parliament to enable them to concentrate on the business of parliament. And yet every now and then citizens are at the throat of members of Parliament,” he said.

MPs who are classified as article 71 office holders are paid around GHC8,000 monthly  while ministers receive GH¢ 15,739. The President and Vice President take home a monthly salary of GHC22,809  GHC20,529 respectively.

Below is the salary structure for article 71 office holders

Chief Justice – GH¢17,107

Speaker of Parliament – GH¢ 17,791

Cabinet Minister (MP) – GH¢16,423

Cabinet Minster (Non MP) – GH¢ 16,195

Minister of State (MP) – GH¢ 15,967

Minister of State (Non MP) – GH¢ 15,739

Regional Minister (MP) – GH¢ 15,967

Regional Minister (Non-MP) – GH¢15,511

Deputy Minster (MP) – GH¢ 14,826

Deputy Regional Minister (MP) – GH¢14,598

Deputy Minister (Non-MP) – GH¢ 14,369

Dep. Regional Minster (Non-MP) – GH¢ 142,142

Chairman, Council of State – GH¢ 14,826

Member, Council of State – GH¢ 13,685

 

Source:Ghana/StarrFMonline.com/103.5fm

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