The legislature finally passed the budget for fiscal 2013/2014 yesterday, but again with no increment in civil servants' salaries. The Executive submitted a US$553 million budget, but after a protracted review, the legislature sourced and added US$29 million to augment the national budget to US$582 million before endorsing it.
Following their endorsement, Lofa County Senator Sumo Kupee, chairman on the Senate Ways Means and Finance Committee, said though there exist no increment in civil servants' salaries, 13,000 civil servants who were not on government payroll for months were being brought on board.
They include 6,000 teachers, 5,000 health workers and 2,000 chiefs, he disclosed, adding: "These are people who been working but were not on government payroll for two years and we are glad that they are coming on the payroll now." The new fiscal budget, among other things, will support the construction of a radio station for legislators as well as projects for some constituencies.
Similarly, civil servants received no increment when the national legislature passed US$672 million budget for fiscal 2012/2013.