29 January 2013

Liberia: U.S.$25.00 Increment for Civil Servants

At long last, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has announced a US$25.00 increment in the salary of civil servants and security personnel seven months into the fiscal year 2012/13.

It can be recalled that the increment of civil servants salary in the 2012/2013 national budget was placed on hold due to what the Executive Branch referred to as huge ghost names on government's payroll.

As a result of this, the Executive Branch of government requested the Legislature not to increase civil servants salaries until a clean-up is done on the payroll.

This decision by the Executive Branch supported by the Legislature was criticized by the public accusing the government of being insensitive to the plight of the people.

Addressing a joint session of the Legislature Monday, President Johnson-Sirleaf said the US$25.00 increment covers all categories and would be retroactive from July 2012 to present. President Sirleaf said the money would be paid within the period of 10 days.

The latest increment now puts the least salary for civil servants at US$125.00.

The Liberian leader informed members of the Legislature that government is determined to improve the conditions of its citizens.

The Liberian Leader however praised the Legislature for its collaboration with the Executive Branch in steering the affairs of the country.

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