Cabinet Takes Pay Cut

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President Weah, VP Taylor with Cabinet

Following President’s example, ministers, heads of autonomous agencies’ salaries cut by 10%

In continuation of President George Weah’s Pro-Poor Agenda, Cabinet ministers, in their second crucial sitting, have adopted several measures to enhance the government’s position in realization of its objective.

The measures include the reduction or standardization of salaries for ministers of government and heads of autonomous agencies.

The decision was reached on Wednesday, April 25, during the Cabinet’s second session at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and chaired by President Weah.

The cabinet also took a number austerity measures aimed at the standardization salaries across government, especially within the Executive Branch, an Executive Mansion release said yesterday.

The cabinet agreed that “No longer will any official of the government, including heads of autonomous agencies make US$10,000 or US$15,000 respectively.

The cabinet resolved that heads of public corporations or autonomous agencies will make not more than US$7,800 as salary. Cabinet also took a decision for a 10% salary reduction across the board for cabinet ministers – mainly those at the highest level of the executive.

This decision across the board will affect approximately 4,140 employees; including civil servants that make above US$1,000. The decision by the cabinet will take effect in the pending 2018/2019 fiscal budget.

Meanwhile, the cabinet has exhaustively discussed the 2018/19 fiscal budget with a view of identifying means to support national development that will impact the lives of the poor people and to ensure that money is not wasted.
It may be recalled that during his inaugural speech President George Weah announced that he would reduce his monthly salary by 25% and return it to the government.

At the time he used the occasion to call on his cabinet members and top government officials, including lawmakers and senators to see a reason to make personal adjustments in their monthly income and return it to the government because of the new Pro-Poor Agenda that is focused on the welfare of the poor in the country.

Though the President’s earlier decision to reduce his monthly income by 25% was welcomed by the people, views sampled by the Daily Observer appeared to suggest that because it was a Constitutional Issue, no government official, particularly lawmakers and others could be forced to follow the President’s example.

But now that the cabinet has decided to adopt austerity measures calling for a reduction in salaries,  it stands to be seen if the conscience of the Executive would rub-off on the members of the Legislature, who earn astronomical salaries and hefty benefits.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. This decision by the cabinet is well-intended but seems to be outside the law. If the salaries of those ministers, heads of autonomous agencies, and civil servants were set/passed into law by the legislature, the Cabinet can not on its own say that it is reducing those salaries. Rather, the Cabinet can make that proposal to the legislature in the draft 2018/2019 budget to reduce those salaries. Also, it seems unfair to heads of autonomous agencies to put a ceiling on how much they can make and not put the same ceiling on how much cabinet ministers can make. A fair approach would be to proposed a percentage for all big shoots. Don’t tell one group their salaries will be reduced by thousands of dollars, and then say to another group of big shoots that theirs will only be reduced by 10 % without telling the public what those cabinet ministers are earning in the first place.

  2. Get those leeches Senators to get a pay cut or dismantle that branch of government. we do not need them. Cut their salaries to $1,000

  3. In an atmosphere of high poverty and unemployment in Liberia, the Executive Branch of the Liberian Government should not arbitrarily cut salaries without legislative enactment. Therefore, it is mandatory that salaries are reduced, standardized and passed into law to promote continuing peace, stability and an equitable society.

  4. Hope this will not just be a mere declaration. The allowances on traveling and hotel accommodation
    should be reviewed as well. This should apply to our blood suckers ( the senators and representatives)

  5. 10% of $12000 is only $1200, therefore, the minister gets $10,800.00
    10% of 15000 is $1500, therefore, ministers or directors get $13500.00
    THESE ARE STILL VERY HIGH SALARIES.
    I am assuming these are monthly salaries and not annual salaries.
    Is it my understanding from this writer, that the 10% cut is intended for executive employees and not that of other civil servants? Please clarify. Assuming most civil servants don’t make $1000.00, 10% cut will be hurting these poor civil servants.
    Also, the salaries of autonomous agencies directors and commissioners need to be looked at seriously.

    Yes, Mr. President, this is a good start, but more cuts need to take place.
    The government needs to cut other benefits like calling cards, gas card, transportation allowance, purchasing of vehicles for members of the legislature and many more.

    Our expenditures are higher than our revenue intake. Let’s try our best to reduce government expenditures. Minister of Finance Planning & Budget, the ball is in your coat. Make it happen.

  6. A great measure would be:
    Supporting themselves
    Paying their own bills
    Slashing the GAS allotment
    Paying people who work for them
    Stop putting their domest, friends n relatives on government payroll
    Paying their own rent/mortgage
    No more pay master cashing checks
    Auditing payrolls periodically…

  7. The salary cut is another history in the making. When President Edwin Barclay assumed Office on December 3, 1930, he inherited a bankrupt economy. It was during the height of the Great Depression in the United States. He took the lead and cut his own salary by fifty per cent before he slashed the salaries of other government employees. The salary cut took place twice. He invited members of the military to also contribute to the salary cut. At that the soldiers were at war in Sasstown and making one British Pound monthly (about $US 8). The soldiers said, Mr. President, if you (as Commander-In Chief) have taken the lead in the salary cut, we will follow suit. “Cut our pay” they told the President. At the end of the day, the 50% salary cut brought the soldiers pay down to 2 British Pounds or $US4. In the final analysis, the salary cut restored some orders in the economy. Therefore, we hope this new salary cut will do the same to the economy in order to benefit the poverty-stricken population.

  8. This decision is heart warming!
    I hope the other two branches will see reason to slice theirs.
    Thanks Mr. President and the executive.

  9. Now lower the DSA that they collect for doing their jobs. County officials make $75 US for travel to Monrovia where most of them own homes, that is on top of their travel allowance. Ridiculous. Duplicitous.

  10. Thanks to Henry Costa for his explanation of the salary cut initiated by the government.

    Now is the time to make the sacrifice for your nation. Now is the end of exorbitant salaries with no result.

    Again, let’s look at other areas to be cut.

  11. A government that listens to the people is the government of the people. Does this need high education to do salaries reduction. Common sense is sometimes better than too much education because their argument will be based on technicality and committee formation to kill the plan. Thank you Mr. President and all those officials that agreed that all Liberians should rise together by sharing the responsibilities and resources manageably.

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