President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has received a petition from a group identifying as the “Coalition of Immediate Past MMDCEs” alleging “delay in the payment of salary differentials.”
The association added in a statement that the recent Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) had not received their compensation differentials that had accrued throughout their four years of government service.
The group’s head, Mr. Leo-Nelson Adzidogah, a former MCE for Akatsi South, signed the statement, which stated that even after meeting all the demands made of them, they were still concerned about the problem.
“Your Excellency, with the greatest respect, we the immediate past MMDCEs deem it expedient to draw your high attention to the delay in the payment of our salary differentials which accumulated over the four years 2017 to 2021 that we conscientiously served your government.”
“Mr. President, since we wrote a letter of request for payment of the salary differentials, we have been told to prove whether we deserve the claim we are making.”
“We find it extremely unpleasant to draw the attention of your officials to the payment your government made to the NDC MMDCEs who left office in 2017,” the statement read.
Additionally, they contended that the prompt payment of other former MMDCEs under the NDC regime by the NPP government demonstrated the hallmark of a responsible government, but that “your officials in charge of MMDCEs are exhibiting irritating reluctance to pay us when it is now the turn of your appointees, the immediate past MMDCEs.”
The statement further clarified how their strong desire to donate their quota in order to win the 2024 elections was being seriously weakened by the cautious approach used to pay the MMDCEs.
“Your Excellency, we are now experiencing severe hardship with our families. It is difficult to survive as we have nothing to live on. The inability to accord a modicum of respect to the former MMDCEs of this government is very much irritating, worrying, and disappointing.”
Due to this, they are really pleading with the President to intervene as soon as possible, stating, “We do not want the issue to get out of hand with the delay.”