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"Veto National Budget".... Dillon Urges Pres. Sirleaf

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Darius Dillon Writes Ellen – NEW DAWN

 
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September 19, 2013
 
 
 
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Liberty Party executive Abraham Darius Dillon, has written President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf, requesting her to veto the just passed 2013/2014 National Budget due to failure by lawmakers to increase civil servants’ salary.
“For the sake of our people, especially our hardworking and dedicated civil servants PLEASE VETO the National Budget as was recently passed into law by the Legislature. This VETO request is to consider the plight of these Civil Servants because of the current difficult economic period in our country.

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Darius Dillon Writes Ellen

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Liberty Party executive Abraham Darius Dillon, has written President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf, requesting her to veto the just passed 2013/2014 National Budget due to failure by lawmakers to increase civil servants’ salary.

“For the sake of our people, especially our hardworking and dedicated civil servants PLEASE VETO the National Budget as was recently passed into law by the Legislature. This VETO request is to consider the plight of these Civil Servants because of the current difficult economic period in our country. 

This economic difficulty should be reasonably shared across the board, not by Civil Servants alone, as the current reality seems to suggest. To ensure this, you can propose to the Legislature a twenty percent reduction in (especially the benefits) of all public officials, elected or appointed, in order to help increase the salaries of our Civil Servants,” Dillon’s letter to the President read.

He said, it is unrealistic for Civil Servants’ salary to remain unreasonably low, while other public officials continue to receive huge benefits amidst increasing economic hardship and abject poverty here.

The Liberian dollar has rapidly depreciated in the past two months so much so that one US Dollar is being exchanged at forex exchange bureax in Monrovia for 80 Liberia Dollars.

Dillon continues in his letter,  “Madam President, permit me to respectfully remind you that for the last two Fiscal Years, promises have been made to consider some reasonable increments in the salaries of Civil Servants, contingent upon “cleansing of Government Payroll of Ghost Names”. "

"To date, the public is unaware as to where we stand on this Payroll “cleansing” process. Rather, salaries of these Civil Servants remain unreasonably low, considering the unrealistic disparities in comparison to the salaries and huge benefits of other Public Officials in the Legislature, Executive and Judiciary.”

He urged the President to propose a twenty percent reduction in the benefits of all public officials, especially those elected or appointed to help increase the salaries of Civil Servants, stressing that in spite of the constitutional mandate of the Legislature to over-ride the President’s veto power, a veto against the budget would be prudent for the sake of civil servants.

It however remains unclear if President Sirleaf will veto the budget as recommended by the Liberty Party stalwart. But House Speaker Alex Tyler has warned that the Liberian leader does not have any right to increase the salary of Civil Servants.

The House of Representatives failed to make any increment in civil servants' salary, but only legislated President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's general increment of US$25 for civil servants as stated in her 2013 Annual Massage, while the Senate cited budgetary constraints, saying it was necessary for civil servants’ salary to remain as is.

 

 

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