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Martin Amidu Rejects Sitting Allowance Paid Him For Meetings

Martin Amidu Rejects Sitting Allowance Paid Him For Meetings

Although he claims the government has failed to pay him salaries for 33 months, the former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, has returned all sitting allowances paid to him since he took office in 2018.

The resigned anti-corruption crusader instructed the accounts unit of the Special Prosecutor’s Office to return GH₵12,696 paid him.

He argued that the meetings for which he was paid the allowances were held during working hours.

According to him, the time spent at the board meetings were not extra duty tasks, but rather within his regular work schedule hence there was no need to receive payment.

According to Citi News, “he made the points that lunch and snacks were provided hence he didn’t see the need. ”

Mr Amidu resigned on Wednesday citing presidential interference in his work.

He had claimed that throughout his time in office, the government failed to give him paycheques.

But ironically, he has returned to the public purse, monies paid him for participating in six meetings between December 2018 and May 2020.

According to Citi News, on December 21, 2018, he was presented with a cheque of GH₵ 5,560 as board allowance from August to December 2018.

For four other board sitting allowances, he was paid GH₵ 1,440 each.

On May 21, 2020, he was paid GHS 1,376 for sitting in an entity tender committee meeting as allowance.

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