Amidu rejected all board sitting allowances paid to him as Special Prosecutor

It has been revealed that Mr Martin Amidu whilst he was serving as the Special Prosecutor rejected all allowances that were paid to him for attending board meetings.

Mr. Martin Alamisi Burnes Kaiser Amidu, Ghana’s designated Special Prosecutor

He reportedly returned all those board sitting allowances paid to him to chest.

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In returning the money, Mr Amidu argued that the time he spent attending the board meetings were same as his working hours so he did not understand why he should be paid allowances for that.

He insisted there was no difference and that it was still his official duties and there was no need to pay him any allowance and that was why he was returning the money.

The allowances were same as what was paid to every board member who attended the said meetings.

He reportedly on Monday November 17, 2020 asked his accountant to pay all those monies, amounting to GH¢12,696 back to chest.

The total amount was from six different meetings between December 2018 and May 2020.

On December 21, 2018 he was presented with a cheque for GH¢5560 as August to December 2018 board allowances.

For four other board sitting allowances, he was paid GH¢1440 each.

On May 21, 2020, he was paid GH¢1376 for sitting in an entity tender committee meeting as allowance.

The Presidency on Tuesday announced that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has accepted Mr Martin Amidu’s resignation as Special Prosecutor and has thanked him for his services to the state.

In a letter dated November 17, 2020, signed by the Chief of Staff Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, President Akufo-Addo wished Mr Amidu well in his future endeavours.

„This is to acknowledge receipt of your letter, dated 16th November 2020…, addressed to the President of the Republic conveying to him your decision to resign from office as Special Prosecutor, which he has accepted.“

„The President has taken due note of the other matters raised in your letter, and the Government will issue a statement responding to them in due course.

„The President has directed me to ensure that all emoluments and benefits due you under law are paid to you accordingly,“ the Chief of Staff’s letter stated.

Below is a copy of letter by the Chief of Staff, Mrs Akosua Frema Osei-Opare announcing the President’s acceptance of Martin Amidu’s resignation.

Source: Graphic.com/gh

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