18 March 2014

Liberia: Labor Ministry Cites Low Budget for Poor Recruitment Drive

Low budgetary allocation is constraining the Ministry of Labor in recruiting skilled professionals to provide quality services to the government and people of Liberia, according to the Ministry's 2013 Annual Report.

The report says of the total work force of 245 personnel, 40 are over-aged and need to be retired, while about 132 are unskilled, a situation that is posing difficulty for the ministry in adequately carrying out its tasks.

It said the recruitment of skilled personnel to provide quality services is very significant, but cannot be achieved due low budgetary allocation. According to the report, the budget of US$1.99 million in the 2012/2013 fiscal year was inadequate to appropriately manage the labor administration of the country.

The report further states that of the ministry's total budget, US$1.3 million was allocated to personnel services, while the balance US$600,000 was used to purchase goods and services, as well as meet other expenditures.

The report disclosed that several vehicles of the Ministry are either in irreparable or depreciated state due to lack of funds to service them, leaving officials of the Ministry to ride their own cars or government vehicles that are likely to breakdown.

The Labor Ministry is, therefore calling for the revisit of its annual budget with the view of increasing its allotment for more efficient and effective performance on the statutory tasks assigned it.

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