In 2017 after the President Akufo-Addo government commenced, the least monthly salary of a Minister was expected to be GH¢15,511. Ministers who were legislators, Cabinet ministers and ministers of state were supposed to earn higher.
Likewise, the least monthly salary of a deputy minister was expected to be GH¢ 14,369. Deputy Ministers and ministers who were legislators were also expected to get more.
By estimate, a whooping GH¢1.8million would be splashed on monthly salaries for ministers. It would be in excess of GH¢ 21million yearly for ministers and their deputies.
The salary figures were derived from a recommendation in a report of the Presidential Committee on Emoluments signed by Prof Dora Francisca Edua-Buandoh, which announced a 10 percent raise from January 2017.
Below is the list of Article 71 officeholders and their respective salaries per the 10% raise:
Vice President – GH¢ 20,529
Chief Justice – GH¢17,107
Speaker of Parliament – GH¢ 17,791
Cabinet Minister (MP) – GH¢16,423
Cabinet Minister (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 Minister (MP) – GH¢ 14,826
Deputy Regional Minister (MP) – GH¢14,598
Deputy Minister (Non-MP) – GH¢ 14,369
Dep. Regional Minister (Non-MP) – GH¢ 14,214
Chairman, Council of State – GH¢ 14,826
Member, Council of State – GH¢ 13,685
There are other allowances and incentives enjoyed by the ministers and their deputies which include but not limited to:
- Duty – 50% of basic salary
- Special – 30% of the basic salary
- Entertainment – 35% of basic salary
- Clothing – 10% of basic salary
Other privileges include:
- Two cars (including a 4×4)
- Domestic staff
- Health coverage
The cost of all these are burdens on the public purse.