The Liberian Senate has mandated its committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget to take into consideration the salary cut of government officials and civil servants and make a report to plenary.
The Senate further mandates the committee to also proffer an advice in the soonest possible time since the budget is already before the Legislature.
The Senate’s mandate came Wednesday, 3 July following Lofa County Sen. George Tengbeh’s communication requesting plenary to invite the heads of Finance Ministry and the Civil Service Agency to address the 10% salary cut of government officials.
Sen. Tengbeh request that the Senate mandates the officials to appear and explain to plenary, how the process is being done and what economic benefit it has for the country.
He notes that upon the proclamation of the President, the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning immediately began the 10% cut of government officials and civil servants’ salaries, affecting those earning above US$1,000.
According to Sen. Tengbeh, they are receiving a lot of complaints from civil servants, especially in the health sector concerning salary cuts without prior notice.
“While it is true that [we’re] all aware of the current economic status of the country, it is also prudent as the people’s representative to be in the know as to how the process is being carried out by those relevant authorities,” Tengbeh explains.By Ethel A Tweh–Edited by Winston W. Parley