The Director of the Executive Protective Service (EPS) – the Presidential Guards – Mr. Sam Gaye, is expected to appear before the House of Representatives today to explain his decision to retire 29 agents, who are yet to receive their alleged justifiable salaries and severance benefits. Director Gaye is expected to appear in an Executive (Secret) Session with lawmakers. Though it has not been confirmed whether the EPS boss would attend to the House’s summon, the Daily Observer has verified information that House’s chief clerk, Mildred Sayon, has formally written Mr. Gaye to appear today.
In Tuesday’s session, members of the House of Representatives unanimously voted to forward the retirees’ letter to the Committee on National Security and the House leadership, as well as invite him to appear before the full plenary on Thursday, August 31. The motion was proffered by Montserrado County District #11 Representative Gabriel Nyenka and amended by Montserrado County District # 5 Representative Henry B. Fahnbulleh.
It may be recalled that 29 officers (agents) who claimed they were wrongfully retired wrote the House of Representatives for intervention and for their reinstatement. In their letter to House Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay, the retired officers said the law requires for an individual to be retired after 25 years, but that their 25 years of service included the 14 wasted years of the civil war, which should not have been counted against their years of service to the nation.
They said the National Security Act of 2011 ruled out the 25-year tenure and recommended age 65 and ill health for retirement, while quoting the NSA Act of 2011 as saying that any employee that attained twenty-five (25) consecutive years of tenure has an option of a waiver. “The one-time handshake package of US$500 for an employee that served the state as security for twenty-five years is unreasonable and needs to be revisited,” they said.