MONROVIA: Marketers and other ordinary citizens have sharply reacted to recent mandate by President George Manneh Weah for payment of all civil servants salaries on, or before 15, December, as the Christmas and New Year Holidays fast approach.
Speaking in random interviews with the INDEPENDENT newspaper, yesterday in Monrovia, Madam Justina Teah, a mother of six, who sells dry goods at the densely populated Waterside Market in Central Monrovia, told this paper that such a mandate by the Liberian leader is welcoming.
“We thank our President. At least, government workers and their families will have something to eat during the Christmas day,” she added.
“You, the news people, must tell the President that this salary payment decision is really good. The payment will help so many people to celebrate good charismas holiday with their families”, added Elizabeth F. Buchannan.
“At least, there is peace in our country. We are not running around because of war as we used to do before because of war. The government must keep doing what is good for the country. Things may not be perfect, but President Weah must remain focused,” interjected Gabriel Fahnbulleh, who said he is reading economics and accounting at the University of Liberia.
Others who spoke with our Roving Reporter yesterday, stressed, among others, the need for Liberians to keep maintaining the country’s hard-won peace and democracy and to eschew all acts of violence and lawlessness that have the potential to take the country backward instead of going forward.
“This is good for everybody,” said Cde Peter Nagbe- Sieh, a student of the state-own University of Liberia.
Peter Thomas Nyantee, a resident of New Kru Town said Liberians must come together as a one big family in the development of country and to rise above seeing each as enemies.
“All of us in this country have tasted war for more than a decade. Thousands of our fellow compatriots have fallen and in the great beyond. We must honor their death by working to consolidate our hard won peace, and desist from beating another war drums,” he stressed.
The Acting Chair of the Cabinet, Justice Minister Frank Musah Dean Jr., on Tuesday, December 6, met with the leadership of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning to apprise him of the implementation of President George M. Weah’s mandate to pay all civil servants on or before December 15, 2022.
President Weah issued a directive last month to the MFDP to ensure that all salaries of civil servants for the month of December and the remaining salaries for November are fully paid by the 15th of this month, according to the state-owned Liberia News Agency.
Finance Minister Samuel D. Tweah, during an appearance at the National Legislature, disclosed that he was mandated by President Weah to ensure that all civil servants are paid on or before the 15th of this month their November and December salaries.
According to LINA, Minister Tweah also clarified that the central government does not owe civil servants at Ministries and Agencies “three-month arrears” as has been falsely claimed in some quarters.
At Tuesday’s fact-finding visit, Minister Dean was assured by MFDP authorities that they were up to date with payment for the month of November, and that December will be completed by the 15th in keeping with the mandate of President Weah.
A Ministry of Information release said the process leading to the full payment of all civil servants for the month of December is well underway and that the President’s mandate will be fully met.