A member of the National Democratic Congress, Mr. Michael Semabia has called on Ghanaians to come together and rise against the implementation of the Presidential Spouse Emolument bill before parliament currently.
He said, “this is not the time to be partisan and support anything that will injure the future of this country”.
Sharing his opinion on the Presidential Spouse Emolument which has created a lot of hue and cry in the length and breadth of the country, Mr. Semabia queried what informed the ‘backward and state looting ideas’ from the current government.
According to him, Government claims the post-Covid-era has been very challenging to the extent that it has refused to give workers their qualified and much-needed pay rise.
He added that several children are still studying under trees in bushes at the peril of their lives, several hospitals lack beds and appropriate healthcare equipment leading to loss of precious lives, and pregnant women giving birth on bare floors.
“Is this the right time for any well-meaning leader to be demanding salary for their wives, when we all know they are already feeding fat on state resources.
…We take care of everything you both need to make life comfortable while you are alive, and you have paid us back by increasing taxes for us, why should you still demand we pay your wives? He asked angrily.
Mr. Semabia who is a leading member of the Anyaa Sowutuom constituency branch of Ghana’s largest opposition party also pointed to the rising youth unemployment, several abandoned road projects due to a supposed lack of funds, the numerous challenges facing the Free SHS education ‘and many more’ as reasons the parliament should refuse the Executive’s ‘incentive’ demand.
He advised the President and his Vice not to be greedy but think about Ghanaian workers too.
“The numerous people who are working their strengths out to make Ghana a good country for you to preside on also need good salaries, don’t ignore them and fight for your well-fed wives”. He advised.