The Council of State has expressed its displeasure with a governance think tank, the Center for Democratic Development (CDD), for asking the Council to work hard to justify their GHc 13,000 salaries.
According to the Council, such comments were misplaced as most of its previous members had accomplished laurels in public and private sectors and were thus, not motivated by monetary gains to serve.
In a statement, the Council said “to many, service to mother Ghana, and generations to come has been the motivation rather than the alleged benefits always trumpeted in the media.”
It further said the CDD should have known better, given it was privy to Council of State reports and consultation with previous Councils on election-related issues.
“Although, the public could plead ignorance of Council’s activities, the CDD, among many others could not comfortably claim same. This is because the Council, despite the Constitutional provision of holding meetings in-camera has since 2002 published reports that have been widely circulated to both Government and Non-Governmental institutions including foreign embassies, educational institutions, libraries etc.”
“It is, therefore perplexing to observe from the publication that a reputable institution such as the CDD could not better analyse such document to know the actual conditions of service of sitting Council Of State members but to follow the wagon of generalization.”
The Council of State thus cautioned that “adopting the posture of ‘accuse and get a defence’ should not be encouraged as the 7th Council of State aims at ensuring wider consultation in its work which we believe has been the practice with past Councils of State.”
By: Delali Adogla-Bessa/citifmonline.com/Ghana