BoG Board members receive GH¢510k each as allowances while Bank records GH¢60b loss



Each of the 10 board members of the Bank of Ghana (BoG) took home GH¢510,000 in allowances last year despite presiding over a GH¢60 billion unprecedented loss.

This is according to the central bank’s 2022 audited annual report and financial statement which states that “fees and allowances paid to non-executive directors during the year amounted to GH¢5.10 million.”

This means in the year in which the central bank recorded its worse performance in recent history, each of its 10 board members received averagely GH¢42,500 each monthly, thus, GHC510,000.00 a year. That amount is 60.9% higher than they received in 2021.

In addition to the governor and his two deputies, the 10 board members make up the governing board of the bank.

The governing body of the BoG, as stipulated in the Bank of Ghana Act, 2002 (Act 612), is the Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for the formulation of policies necessary for the achievement of the objectives and functions of the Bank.

The Board provides strategic direction on the central bank’s operations and meets at least once every two months to consider matters within the above statutory responsibility and those referred to it.

But who were these board members?


The BoG released its full-year 2022 audited financial statements on July 28, 2023, and was widely criticised for the loss it incurred.

“The financial statements reported a total loss of GH¢60 billion, which has since become a matter of unfortunate politicisation. It is noteworthy that GH¢53.1 billion of those losses were a direct result of the government’s domestic debt restructuring exercise (phase 1 and II),” the BoG said in a statement to justify the loss.

Ghana’s emoluments for the central bank’s non-executive directors are among the highest paid on the continent. On average, they are paid better than their peers in South Africa, Botswana, Mauritius, and Rwanda.

Annual emoluments received by non-executive board members in Ghana, South Africa, Mauritius, Botswana, and Rwanda in 2022:

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Annual emoluments received by non-excutive board members Ghana,

In Kenya, Uganda, and Zambia where the remunerations of the executive directors are lumped together with the non-executive directors, Ghana’s figures are still competitive. Nigeria and Sierra Leone, however, paid their central bank directors much higher.

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The Fourth Estate converted the GH¢5.1m received by the BoG’s non-executive board members into U.S. dollars. This was to make the comparison between Ghana and other countries on the continent seamless and easy to grasp. The average cedi to dollar rate in 2022, after computing the monthly exchange rates as provided by fxechangerate, was ¢8.9191. To convert the currencies of the other African countries, same was done.

Before the central bank started highlighting the exact amount it paid its non-executive board members in 2020, the emoluments paid to non-executive directors and executive directors were usually lumped together in the annual reports. This made it difficult to find the exact amount non-executive directors were paid before 2020.

However, the 2020 annual report stated that the exact amount paid to the board of directors in 2019 was GH¢1.96 million.

The emoluments of the non-executive directors have continually increased since 2019. In 2020, their fees and allowances were increased by GH¢670,000. The following year, when the country was still in the jaw of the COVID-19 pandemic, the emoluments of the BoG decision-makers increased from GH¢2.63 million to GH¢3.17 million.

This amount jumped to GH¢5.10 million in 2022—the year the bank recorded substantial losses.

In that same year, BoG’s key management, which includes the Governor, his two deputies, and the bank’s top-level management received GH¢16.79 million as short-term employee benefits. These benefits have seen close to a quadruple increase since 2017, when the key management received GH¢4.49 million.

At the time the managers of the central bank were consistently increasing their fees and allowances, especially in 2021, Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, pleaded with Ghanaians to sacrifice and burden share to resuscitate the economy.

“I think in the end, the issue of sharing the burden is one we’ve had some very serious discussions with the Ministry of Information about, really creating a national conversation on that. So that everybody has the true numbers, everybody understands the impact of COVID,” Mr Ofori-Atta said at a press conference in May 2021.

Salary cuts 

In April 2022, the government announced a 30% salary cut for all its top appointees as part of austerity measures to deal with the country’s financial difficulties.

There were also restrictions on foreign travels, except pre-approved critical statutory ones, a 50% reduction in expenditure on all meetings and conferences, and a 50% cut on fuel coupon allocations.

When President Nana Akufo-Addo addressed the nation on the state of the economy in October, he reiterated that decision:

“We have decided also to continue with the policy of a 30 % cut in the salaries of political office holders including the President, Vice President, Ministers, Deputy Ministers, MMDCEs, and SOE appointees in 2023,” he said.

Members of the Council of State also resolved to reduce their monthly allowances by 20% until the end of the year due to the country’s economic challenges.

However, it appears that the memo did not reach the central bank.

Minority scrutiny

The central bank has been under intense scrutiny ever since it emerged that it had made the jaw-dropping loss. The Minority in Parliament has since August 2023 demanded the resignation of the Governor, Dr Ernest Addison, and his two deputies, attributing the financial hemorrhage to “mismanagement.”

“We are resolved to embark on popular action to occupy the Central Bank and drive out the team of inept, callous, and criminal mis-managers of the finances of this country and save the Bank of Ghana. The March to Ensure Accountability will begin in 21 days if the Governor of the Bank of Ghana does not do the needful and pack bag and baggage out of that sacred institution that he has so desecrated. Dr Ernest Addison Must Go! There has to be an end to impunity and it is now,” the Minority Leader, Dr Cassiel Ato Forson, said.

When the Governor and his deputies did not resign, the Minority embarked on a demonstration.

But Dr Addison reportedly told Central Banking, a foreign business website, that he would not resign. He described the protests by the Minority as “completely unnecessary.”

“The Minority in Parliament has many channels to channel their grievances in civilised societies, not through demonstrations in the streets as hooligans,” Dr Addison said.

Nonetheless, the honorary vice president of IMANI Africa, Bright Simons, has described “the scope of the mess” created by the managers of Ghana’s apex bank as “eye-popping from a historical point of view.”

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  1. And all these people are professionals? The monies are only circulating at the top. They are not getting to the ordinary Ghanaian down there. Recently, the world bank published a report in the daily graphic that more than a quarter of the Ghanaian population are living on less than 2 dollars a day. Meaning the poverty rate has risen in recent years. No poverty reduction programme is working in the country. The top management and the politicians are only thinking about themselves. The ordinary Ghanaian is surrounded with a lot of corrupt institutions which take monies out of their pockets, keeping them perpetually in poverty. God have mercy on us.

  2. That’s what our Bosses do to collapse a Company. Most often the Board of Directors. There’s no system monitoring them since even in government there’s corruption until God Yahweh kills them.

  3. An obvious extension of the create, loot, and share establishment under the able leadership of the chief looter NANA Addi and his lieutenant Ernest Addison at the BOG..
    No wonder they have ably succeeded in running our country aground to the extent we no more able to service our debts., we are bankrupt by the most reckless and unconscionable and incurable thievery by the Nana Addo led NPP and his nation wrecking brigands..
    Next government, possibly the next mahama administration should go all out to properly investigate, trial and severely punish these political thieves ..

  4. Just wondering the moral justification in paying themselves so well, while the tasks assigned to them is abysmally performed. ln Ghana, most top executives assume positions with the motivation of what emolumements attached to the position, and not about the challenge and productivity. Appointments are more based on political affiliation and nepotism rather than competence – so sad indeed! How can a nation develope this way? Isn’t it ironical that clerks who don’t matter much in decision making are scrutinized through interviews, etc, but top and sensitive positions are handed on silver platter to undedicated individuals just by virtue of their political affiliations and relationship with government/party in power?
    Ghana has a long way to go indeed!

  5. *This is what happens when governance becomes a syndicated joint-criminal enterprise* of the “chosen and elect” of society.

    It has been said that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Is Governor Ernest Addison not the CEO and also the Chairman of the board of governors?

    Why would the World Bank, IMF, US Treasury, Paris Club and EU approve of this “conflict of interest and insider trading” management structure? Why therefore do the Ken Ofori-Attahs and Adu Boahens engage in conflict of interest and insider trading with such impunity under the banner of “Property Owning Democracy” and the myth that “the private sector is the engine of development”? How else could the Data Bank, Black Star and Societe General Bank have acquired their assets and “private capital” if not by stealing from the “public” and “workers” purse?

    To rescue Ghana from economic and political decline the Bank of Ghana, Cocobod, SSNIT and the 4th Republic Constitution must be dismantled.

    *HOW ELSE DO WE STOP THIS WHOLESALE Á LOOTING CONTINUA*…if there is this pervading fear of ÁLUTA CONTINUA? Who is now benefiting from the status quo and is fearful of change? Who is it that wants an omelette but does not want to break an egg?

    Who is the Ghanaian who allows acts of impunity and corruption to go on unabated? Who is this Ghanaian at the apex of Bank of Ghana, Cocobod and Ministry of Finance? Is it that we have a corrupt and corrupting society and culture that we continue to ignore at our own future peril?

    When I earnestly point at the Ernest Addisons, Ken Ofori-Attahs, Adu Boahens and the opulence of the Opunis am I invariably not questioning myself and my moral compass?

  6. I am not a least surprised of such magnitude of a brutish conduct of Nana Akoffo Addo’s packed armed robbers in almost all state institutions in Ghana today. Moreover, this kind of behaviour is ‘a cup of common Lipton tea for the Danquah-Busia tradition when they assume the throne of governance since the formation of that cartel party whose offshoot Is in power now. Ghanaians must swallow the beater pills of this Atta Ayi-liked gang.

  7. I’m concerned about the qualifications of some board members. It seems odd to have someone with a linguistics degree managing a country’s macroeconomy or a regional partnership manager for an IT firm on the central bank’s board. Not surprisingly, the board’s performance has suffered due to a lack of competence. Successful central banks globally usually have top academics focusing on cutting-edge research in monetary policy or economic stability. Unfortunately, in Ghana, we have Microsoft sales managers running our central bank. It’s disheartening.


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