She led the most vibrant women’s group in the country, the 31st December Women’s Movement during the 19-year rule of her husband, Jerry John Rawlings.
But former first lady Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings said contrary to public opinion, the state contributed nothing financially to activities of the group.
Opening up on the issue for the time on the Voice of America’ Straight Talk programme, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings said concealing that information from the public remains a regrettable decision.
“One of the most regretful things is that I was not able to let Ghanaians know that I was not getting any money from the government. Not one cent. I literary had to travel anytime I needed money for women and children,” she revealed.
The former First Lady also disclosed that her husband, former President Rawlings rejected her proposal for financial support when she approached him.
“The first time we were looking for a huge oven to bake more bread, we were wondering if he (former President Rawlings) could put in a word with the Minister of Finance to give us a loan of ¢250,000 (GH¢25) as at then. He said we should go to the bank,” she recounted.
Source: Ghana | Akyena Brantuo | firstname.lastname@example.org