More Money for Pensioners

Sunday, 10th December 2006
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf personally took part in the disbursement of salary checks during her visit to Grand Cape Mount County
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf personally took part in the disbursement of salary checks during her visit to Grand Cape Mount County
Photo Credit: James Garrison, Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced that the monthly benefit for all persons on the Government of Liberia pension payroll will be increased by LD$1,000. The President has directed Finance Minister Antoinette Sayeh to implement the increase immediately to enable pensioners get their new benefit in time for the Christmas holidays. The increase is retroactive to November 1, 2006.

President Johnson Sirleaf took the action after a Cabinet committee she appointed to look into the pension issue found that the monthly pension payment to civil servants was grossly inadequate to meet their basic needs. She added that the men and women on the Governmentís pension payroll are people who have dedicated the best years of their lives to serving the nation and therefore it is befitting that they retire with dignity and adequate benefits.

The Liberian Leader also announced that the increase has been made possible due to some reform measures instituted by government which is beginning to take hold and also because pensioners did not benefit from the recent salary arrears increase given to civil servants in the 2006-2007 Budget.

President Johnson Sirleaf stressed that along with the increase, the Government intends to intensify its civil service reform initiative particularly the removal of ghost names from the pension and regular payroll, as well as work towards compensation reform. There are over 500 names currently on the governmentís pension payroll.