Retired Finance Ministry Workers Praise President Sirleaf for Bringing Honor and Dignity to Pension Program

Tuesday, 17th July 2007
Pensioners spokesperson Rev. Swen greets President Sirleaf.
Pensioners spokesperson Rev. Swen greets President Sirleaf.
Photo Credit: Adama B. Thompson/Executive Mansion

Monrovia, Liberia - Retired workers of the Ministry of Finance have lauded President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and government for the concern shown towards the welfare of retirees and pensioners in the country. A spokesman for the workers, Rev. William Swen, made particular mention of the special interest the President has demonstrated toward retirement policies in the country. The workers noted that the President’s involvement has brought honor to retirement which according to their Spokesman is setting a new pace for retirement in the country. “You have dignified us today; we want to say thank you for this honor…even if it were one cent, we would have accepted it,” Rev. Williams pointed out in his remarks.

He called for the setting up of an office that would cater to the needs of retirees and pensioners. The spokesman said though being pensioned, they were willing to volunteer their expertise to the country whenever called upon.

President Sirleaf thanked the retired workers for their sacrificial services to the State. The President said the country would remain grateful to the workers for their commitment to service even during the most difficult days in the country’s history. The President also highlighted the tremendous sacrifices the honorees have made in educating their children over the years. “There comes a time when you must make way; your retirement makes way for the younger generation you have helped educate,” an Executive Mansion release quoted the President as reminding the pensioners. She praised them for accepting the exercise with honor and respect.

The President also lauded the Civil Service Agency for its collaborative efforts with other institutions including the National Social Security & Welfare Corporation to ensure the success of the retirement program.

372 honorees received certificates of retirement and other benefits provided by the Ministry of Finance through the National Social Security & Welfare Corporation. The retirees worked at the Finance Ministry between periods ranging from 20 to 37-years.

Monday’s ceremony was witnessed by Finance Minister, Dr. Antoinette Sayeh, Civil Service Director, Dr. C. William Allen and the Deputy Director-general of the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation, Mr. Dewitt vonBallmoos, among other well wishes.