Ellen Submits Bill to Reform Civil Service

New Amendment on Revenue Code

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President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has submitted a draft bill to the House of Representatives to repeal the Public Employment Law and amend the Executive Law to create a Civil Service Commission.

The President submitted the bill on Thursday, June 29, during the House’s 44th day sitting.
In a letter to Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay, the President indicated that the passage of the instrument into law will make the Civil Service Commission autonomous “and reports concerning its operation shall be rendered to the President.” This commission maintains the top three positions as commissioners and includes nine directorates that were restructured due to the reform, she said in her letter.

The act, according to the President, will create a Civil Service Commission that will carry out the functions and mandates, and will also regulate salaries and allowances of all government employees on an equity grade level.

The President added that “the passage of the instrument into law will seek to increase the efficiency of the public service and secure for deserving employees a responsible tenure of office, advancement according to merit and seniority, regulate recruitment to the civil service and promote the civil service values of honesty, integrity, objectivity, and impartiality.

“The core objective of the Act is to create fair and equal opportunities for all employees, create an efficient work environment, and offer a variety of services to enhance employees’ career development and growth,” the President said, and added that the enactment of the bill will enable the government to realize and actualize its plans for civil servants.
The instrument was forwarded to the House’s Committees on Good Governance, Judiciary,

Ways, Means and Finance & Development to advise plenary in two weeks.
The President has also submitted a draft law to amend the Revenue Code of Liberia, (phase one of the reform Tax Code of Liberia, A.D. 2000), as amended by the Consolidated Tax Amendments Act of 2001, to adopt a modernized Customs Code of 2017.

In a letter to the speaker, she noted that the purpose of the Act is to develop modern customs processes that are consistent with international standards and practices that will ensure full benefit from legitimate international trade. The President indicated that the passage of the instrument will consider greater transparency and fairness in revenue collection and the protection of taxpayers to ensure accountability in customs actions and decisions.

The President also indicated that the passage of the Act into law will “boost Liberia’s fragile economy that needs all of the commercial and economic protection and security to achieve government’s objectives of improving the economic condition and creating a systematic approach of effective and persuasive sanctions for violations and fair procedures for penalty assessment and appeals.”

The Act was turned over to the House’s Judiciary and Ways, Means, and Finance Committees to advise plenary for action within two weeks.

3 COMMENTS

  1. The main argument of the intelligentsia for the election of EJS in 2005 was her CV, which touts credentials and various positions she has occupied. Her performance in those positions, including as our finance minister, never came to the fore yet Liberians were told that competency was her strength. Never mind that in reality competency is as a result of practice, and since she had never been a president, like every new president, she was going to learn on the job.

    Unsurprisingly, since January this year, she has been dumping an eleventh hour rash of bills on the Legislature which belie the “competency” bill of goods the educated few of our land sold to gullible electorates. Her eventual failure then due to micromanaging, know it all, addictive nepotism, endless budgetary shortfalls, ceaseless economic meltdown, runaway corruption, pervasive poverty, arbitrary rule and widening ethnic divide should be a cautionary tale as to the qualities required in our next president.

    Definitely, Liberia doesn’t need a so – called “competent” exploiter, manipulator, intimidator, and arrogant bully as president. Instead, our country deserves someone with intelligence, temperance, integrity, trustworthiness, empathy and compassion. Liberia doesn’t want a president who would put governing on hold to settle grudges for slights that took place in high school or wherever. And neither does it need someone without regard for the constitution and laws of the country because the Supreme Court dances to the sound of his or her music, or the Legislature kowtows to share spoils.

    To end, God knows that unless we stop allocating a third of annual budget to the bonanza salaries and perks of few while the vast majority of Liberians wallow in poverty and die off from mysterious diseases (man – made or otherwise), our country would spiral out of control from the slightest mishap. And God knows that there must be a redefining of governance for us to achieve reconciliation, stability with justice, and lasting peace; indeed, no foreign country is going to give those to us. Needless to say, the presidency demands more than Ivy League degrees: it needs responsive responsible God – fearing virtuous leadership!

  2. While we are at it, the Civil Service commission should require a sound education to be a a civil service employee.
    Many countries have this. Botswana is a good example. Its civil service is service-oriented, educated and trained. Many other countries disbanded the civil service commission because officials wanted to have a place to reward their cronies, spouses, voters and significant others. We are all tired of going into a government agency and the civil servant not being able to type, do a google search or even spell correctly. This should have been done ages ago.

  3. Why now, Madam President? You had eleven years to have corrected this and many other vices. So you know this but neglected to take appropriate actions by astronomically paying your cronies and friends thereby legitimizing corruption. I say you legitimized corruption, when you select to pay a civil servant $25,000.00 a month. No matter what the civil servant is doing to justified such a salary is the most lopsided and wicked act by any one person who calls his/herself a leader that would bring equity to the struggling masses.

    But this is Liberia where the upper and lower house means nothing to the Liberian people. They will pass anything that reads good once it is from the president.

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