NDC National communication officer Sammy Gyamfi has revealed that Mrs. Lordina Mahama, the wife of former president John Mahama earned GH¢8000 every three months in form of allowances. Gyamfi noted that the payment was meant to provide support to wives of former Presidents. He added that first ladies enjoyed other benefits such as health and security from the state.
Sammy Gyamfi noted that: “The agreement was that all former first ladies who were facing some challenges were going to receive some allowance every three months. The Rawlings government did for Fathia (Nkrumah), Busia’s wife, and other former first ladies. They also did it for sitting spouses that every three months, they’ll be given some allowances. The money was not huge. In fact, former first lady Lordina Mahama took GH¢8,000 every three months. The allowance was not the only thing the country did for them, they were given offices for their charity works and other activities. The government paid for the operation of their offices and gave them cars.”
Gyamfi was replying to John Boadu who had stated that Lordina Mahama should also refund all allowances paid to her since 2009. According to Boadu: “Let me say this emphatically. Former President Mahama’s wife, Lordina Mahama, must, as a matter of urgency, refund all monies paid to her from January 2017 till now. Those she received as far back as 2009 should also be refunded. The monies she has received from that time till now would amount to GH¢3.2 million.”