Liberia’s Controller General Janga Kowo says government has introduced salary payment through Mobile Money service for all government entities and agencies.
Making the disclosure Thursday, 18 October at the Ministry of Information press conference in Monrovia, Mr. Kowo says the process is voluntary.
The Government Mobile Money payment unit has been established at the Ministry of Finance at the Fiscal Department, Mr. Kowo reveals.
According to him, the process is to ensure that government workers get their salaries effectively.
Mr. Kowo says the Mobile Money service has enabled over 4,000 teachers and health workers around the country to get their salaries in time and save them the constraint of travelling long distances to come to Monrovia for their pay.
When this service is fully adopted and implemented voluntarily, Mr. Kowo says it is expected that government will save cost on printing of cheques for employees, reduce monthly payment for pay masters, and reduce spending on travels to rural areas to pay salaries.
Mr. Kowo says the Mobile Money payment will enable employees to have access to their money in real time, adding that their Mobile Money can be used to purchase LEC Cards, airtime and also pay their taxes, among others.
As part of government’s strategies to migrate from cash – based payment system to an electronic system, Mr. Kowo asserts that the Mobile Money service is introduced as an alternative payment service for all spending entities and agencies.
He adds that one objective of this process is to enhance government’s cost saving and also to improve processes that benefit workers.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kowo indicates that government is in negotiation with the Civil Servants Association to ensure that the process is well communicated and they can take advantage of it.
By Ethel A. Tweh–Edited by Winston W. Parley