Togbe Afede XIV, the Asogli’s Paramount Chief and Agbogbomefia, has stated that he will not accept above GH365,000 in ex-gratia for serving on the Council of State between 2017 and 2020.He claims that receiving the abovementioned sum when he was being paid monthly for his service as a member of the Council of State is inappropriate.
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Togbe Afede’s letter comes after the public reacted to the news of whether or not he actually followed through on his alleged refund and the reasoning behind it. The traditional leader indicated in a press release on Monday, June 6, that the over GH365,000 ex-gratia was not intended to trap him, as has been suspected.
“While working on my tax returns towards the end of last year, I received tax receipts from the Council of State Secretariat that indicated that some money was paid into my bank account in July, 2021 as “Ex Gratia” for my four-year work as a member of the Council of State, 2017-2020.
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“I applied for and received a statement from my bankers that confirmed that indeed some money was paid into my account. I eventually confirmed from the Council of State Secretariat that the sum of GH¢365,392.67 was paid into my account as Ex Gratia.
“I did not think the payment was made to trap me, as is being speculated. I believe it was paid to everybody who served on the Council of State. However, I thought that extra payment was inappropriate for a short, effectively part-time work, for which I received a monthly salary and was entitled to other privileges. So, I was very uncomfortable with it,” In his statement, Togbe Afede XIV explained.
The Executive Chairman of Accra Hearts of Oak also revealed that he looked for ways to repay the money that had been in his account since July 2021, which he was able to do on March 4, 2022.
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“After weeks of trying, I obtained advice on how to refund inappropriate payments to the State, and on March 4, 2022, I made the refund into the Controller & Accountant General’s Department Suspense Account at the Bank of Ghana,” he said.
Tobge Afede XIV continued: “In my letter to the Secretary, Council of State, I stated that ‘It was a great honour for me to have served on the Council of State for four years, 2017 to 2020. Even though I served as chairman of one of the three committees of the Council, the Economy and Special Development Initiatives Committee, and participated fully in the Council’s activities, I do not think my work merited the payment to me of a colossal sum of GH¢365,392.67, as Ex Gratia, in addition to the salary I enjoyed from what was effectively a part-time job‘.
“I want to add that my rejection of the payment was consistent with my general abhorrence of the payment of huge Ex Gratia and other outrageous benefits to people who have by their own volition offered to serve our poor country,” the statement of Tobge Afede XIV ended.
The whole statement pdf can be found below.
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