Calls Mount On Togbe Afede To Lead Review Of Article 71 Office Holders’ Gratuity

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Togbe Afede XIV, the Agbogbomefia of Asogli
Togbe Afede XIV, the Agbogbomefia of Asogli

Mr Charles Bissue, a Presidential Staffer, has called on the former Chair of the Council of State, Togbe Afede XIV, to initiate processes for a review of the gratuity paid to Article 71 office holders.

He commended the traditional leader for returning his ex-gratia, which had sparked a national debate on how much those office holders got at the end of their tenure.

Mr Bissue told the Ghana News Agency in an interview that Togbe Afede could use his position in society to call for an amendment of the legal provision (stipulated in Article 71 of the 1992 Constitution) on the payment of ex-gratia.
He said, over the years, the citizenry had cried for the scraping of that provision and the gesture from the renowned chief gave credence to that call.

“I strongly believe he should have gone a notch up to state that this law is obsolete and that it should be reviewed,” he said.

Mr Bissue recounted how similar actions had been taken by noble Council members including, Madam Eunice Jacqueline Buah Asomah- Hinneh, who directed the state to use her benefits to pay for the construction of an edifice for the Nzema
Traditional Council in Ampain, a community in the Ellembelle District of the Western Region, and the need for a second look at the payment of such huge gratuity.

The former Council of State Member, Togbe Afede, returned the GH¢365,000 ex-gratia paid to him for serving on the Council between 2017 and 2020.

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