The Minority in Parliament says it will go the Supreme Court to seek redress over Parliament’s decision to approve the payment of salaries to the First and Second ladies.
MP for South Dayi, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor who spoke to the media said the NDC believes the approval of salaries for spouses of the President and his Vice is an illegality.
According to him, the executive was consequently asked to shelve that portion of the report.
Dafeamekpor disclosed that he is in the process of filling a suit at the Supreme Court over the matter.
He said, ”as we speak, I’m in the process of filling a writ at the Supreme Court. Hopefully, tomorrow by this time the writ would have been filed. We want to interrogate the issue, the committee had no mandate to make the kind of recommendation they did.”
”The term of reference of the committee were to review the emoluments of Article 71 office-holders. They didn’t tell them to go and review the condition of service of a person who does not fall within Article 71 officeholders.”
He indicated that, parliament could have ”insisted to take the report back, amend and relay, But the sponsors of the report were adamant. The fact that were adamant doesn’t mean parliament approved of it. Parliament approved what was legitimate as contained in the report.”
”So, if the President says today that because it went through parliament he’s giving the go-ahead for the recommendations to be implemented, the appropriate quarter to tackle that will be the Supreme Court. To determine whether or not the spouses of the President and the Vice are contemplated as Article 71 public holders as ascribed to it in the constitution,” he added.