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Politics of Sunday, 4 March 2018


I don’t take salary - John Boadu

The acting General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu says he does not receive salary or any allowance since he took over as the chief administrator of the party about two years ago.

“I have acted for almost two years, but I have never been given a salary but do I shout on the rooftops about it? We must raise enough resources such that we can pay ourselves.”

His comments followed complaints by the Deputy General Secretary of the NPP, Nana Obiri Boahen in a leaked conversation that he has been neglected by the party.

But Mr Boadu clarified in an interview yesterday that it is only the National Organiser and General Secretary of the party who are paid salaries.

They are full time employees of the party. All other officers are not given a salary so if you expect to be given an allowance or a salary then it means that you don’t understand your mandate,” he explained.

Mr Boahen was heard in a leaked recording conversing with an activist of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kwaku Skirt, in which he claimed that despite playing a key role in NPP’s victory in the last general election, he had been ignored since the party came into power.

According to him, the party has failed to provide him with an official car for his work, adding that “I do not remember the last time I received a monthly salary from the party.”

“Till date, I do not even have an office at the party’s headquarters. To be frank, I have been using my own private car, and the party has not given me any official car for my use as Deputy General Secretary. I buy my own fuel.

“And even on official trips abroad, I will be left to my fate. When I recently went to Germany, it was an NPP member who bought a ticket for me.

“I went to Spain, Dortmund it was an individual that processed my trip. I do virtually everything, and I don’t remember the last time I received a monthly salary from the party,” he said in the leaked tape.

Mr Boahen also lamented that no Minister, DCE or even the acting General Secretary has offered him a government contract, suggesting that others who had not worked as hard as he did to ensure the party won the polls were benefiting greatly.

“No Minister, DCE, MCE has called for any contract. What is happening is grabbing,” he claimed.

“John Boadu has never called me to say there is a contract at the headquarters so bring a paper and claim it. It has never happened so I am quiet and watching,” he said.

However, John Boadu dismissed this assertion, noting that he does not give contracts to party officials.

“Is that what is supposed to be done; that ministers will call party officials and dole out contracts to them, that as I sit at the headquarters, I should be able to call my colleagues that I have contracts and that they should come for them, is that how the country should be run?

That party officials, because we are national officers of the party, we must be given vehicles just because we are in government?”

Mr Boahen has since admitted he made the comments, including his assertion that the government gave the party GH¢50 billion in 2017 for its annual delegates conference, but claimed that he had deliberately misled the NDC sympathiser, who was looking to extort money from him.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) on Wednesday issued a statement indicating that it had tasked the Steering Committee to look into the claims, saying they were completely false.