Appointment Without Pay?

-Commissioners Alarm In Bomi County

By Esau J. Farr

Several Commissioners in Bomi County have alarmed over alleged lack of pay for them since they took office about eight months ago now.

Bomi County Supt. Adama Robinson

The commissioners drawn from all the administrative districts in Bomi told journalists in the county that since they were appointed and commissioned by President George M. Weah more than eight months ago, they are yet to receive any pay despite being active on job.

A local journalist in Tubmanburg, Bomi County speaking to ELBC quoted the commissioners as expressing frustration over the manner and form in which they are being treated by the Ministry of Internal Affairs to be without pay despite taking up assignments in their respective districts.

The commissioners described the situation as embarrassing adding that some of them have been turned into laughing stuffs as they continuously and patiently work without pay for such a long period of time.

According to the commissioners, they have registered their concerns to the Minister of Internal Affairs, Varney Sirleaf, but no concrete action has been taken to bring the situation to an end.

Authorities of the Ministry of Internal Affairs are quoted as confirming the situation, but said it was administrative issue and that it is being taken care of by relevant officials to bring situation to an end.

Some political pundits in the area have seen this as total embarrassment and early sign of bad governance and poor administrative practice marred by lack of coordination between and amongst state actors and or government official.

Similar reports have and continue to emerge at different government ministries and agencies.

Recently, some top government officials confided in the New Republic Newspaper complaining about uncontrollable government payroll with some presidential appointees being made to sit out for two to three months without pay.

Others at the level are also said to be regarded as office furniture since there are no defined or clear roles or tasks to be performed thus leaving many to either sleep behind desks or forced to facebook all day long.

Recently, Assistant Agriculture Minister for Research and Extension, Alvin C. Wesseh told a local radio station that the Ministry of Agriculture has as its major challenge the issue of low budgetary allocation.

According to him, due to low budget which only provides salary for staff and employees of the Agriculture Ministry with no operational funds, many are sometimes bored and constrained to sleep in their offices and behind their desks.

Critics have observed that President George M. Weah and supporters in their efforts to pay back their supporters for his election as President of Liberia have and continue to increase the payrolls of ministries and agencies of government with some Human Resource Managers threatening to resign if the situation is not put under control soon.

Some employees of government agencies have complained of a new group of staff at their respective agencies referred to as ‘Special Presidential Taskforce’ which they said are added to their respective payrolls with no term of reference (TORs) as they are only grouped and sent to their agency of choice or interest.

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