Known teacher on Twitter, Katakyie Kofi Agyenim-Boateng has revealed the reason why honourable Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwah blocked him on the app.
According to him, he saw the member of parliament for North Tongu constituency as someone who could stop the Ex-Gratia.
The discussions on the huge amount of money that the state has to pay as an Ex-gratia to Parliamentarians, Ministers of state, and others every four years has been been in the public domain for sometimes.
“Ex-gratia is most often used in a legal context. When something has been done as ex gratia, it has been done voluntarily, out of kindness or grace. In law, an ex gratia payment is a payment made without the giver recognizing any liability or legal obligation.”Definition of Ex-Gratia according to RELYONSOFT.COM
In 2015, former president John Dramani Mahama instituted a committee which was tasked to among other things led by Prof. Dora Francisca Adu Buandor to review emoluments of article 71 class of public workers.
The committee raised one important issue which had to do with the award of too much ex-gratia to beneficiaries. The committed lamented about this in its report.
The committee’s recommendations however were rejected basically because they asked government to scrap the Ex-Gratia.
As reported by My News Ghana on 5th January, 2021, an amount of Gh¢305,992 is paid to the MPs, Gh¢338,740 for the Speaker of Parliament while the President gets Gh¢423,428.
It is at the back of this that Katakyie Kofi Agyenim-Boateng called on the MP for North Tongu constituency to sponsor a bill to end the compensation.
He however got blocked in the process. He bemourned the action by the former deputy minster of education.
See tweet below