Togbe Afede XIV, the Asogli State’s Paramount Chief, has been hailed by Ghanaians after he refused to take the GHS365,000 that was deposited into his account as an ex-gratia for serving on the Council of State.
Togbe Afede who has now been seen as a patriotic citizen in a statement has returned the funds to the Ghanaian government via the Bank of Ghana.
According to a statement released by the Agbogbomefia, he received a monthly salary and allowances while serving on the Council of State, thus he does not feel the need to pay the 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,” Togbe Afede XIV said in a statement.
“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.”
Read his full statement below;
In reaction to his kind gesture, Ghanaians have taken to Twitter to praise him for thinking about the welfare of his people at the expense of making his pocket full.