Several officers of the Bureau of Corrections and Rehabilitation (BCR) under the Ministry of Justice are complaining of alleged salary disparities, claiming that some BCR officers earn US$300 while the vast majority allegedly receive US$150 or US$160 monthly.
“Imagine we are to be receiving more than USD$500.00 but it is not so. Some people are getting US$300 plus while the vast majority of us are receiving 150 or 160 monthly,” a BCR officer alleges.
The correction officers who begged for anonymity for fear of dismissal, expressed disappointment that some officers would earn more money than others under this administration.
The officers note that President George Weah’s government had vowed to create a healthy working atmosphere in the public sector, noting that things appear to be the opposite at the Bureau of Correction.
They allege that since the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country, BCR officers have not received a dime for compensation, describing the government’s feeding program as inadequate.
The anonymous officers alleged that besides the salary disparity claim, some of their colleagues receive rice and good medical care.
When contacted, the Director of Press and Public Affairs at the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) Madam Maude Somah says the issue of salary at the ministry is strictly an administrative matter, and as such she could not speak to it.
She however directs our reporter to the office of the Assistant Minister for Corrections and Rehabilitation who she says would address the matter. But the Assistant Minister’s staffers informed our reporter that their boss was out of office, assuring that he will address the allegations at the appropriate time.
By Emmanuel Mondaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley