President Weah Praises Lawmakers for Harmonizing By Mark N. Mengonfia
President George M. Weah has praised members of the Liberian Legislature for taking the courage to have reduced Liberia’s wage bill which he said was a major challenge for previous governments.
Addressing the national legislature on Monday, the Liberian leader said that one of the best efforts the Liberian Legislature has made was to harmonize wage bill in the face of the pressing hard economic challenge.
“For the first time,” he said in the Legislature of Liberia’s history, the 54 legislature to have helped in reducing the wage bill of the country the credit is to the added achievement of his administration.
President Weah said ” we took no pleasure in reducing the salaries, we know the pains it cause”.
He informed the Liberian legislature that his administration has put into placed all necessary measures to ensure that if one director or minister with the same education and scope of work makes 400 USD, the same should apply for other.
Speaking additionally, the Liberian leader said that relating to the reduction of salaries, he was the first to have announced the reduction of 25 percent of his salary.
He said that after his salary was reduced by 25 percent, during the harmonization process, he was again affected. However, he did not give the exact amount in figure.
The president did not forget to highlight the role played by the International Monetary Fund ( IMF) in helping to address the country’s economic problem. The process the president appreciates and gives the credit to his administration and the IMF.
He indicated that by next budget year, all government workers are expected to be identified by biometric ID system and those who have reached retirement ages will be retired by next budget year.
He said ” my administration will continue to fight corruption” adding, “many believe that corruption is the way of life, but we will.” TNR