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2013-State of the Nations Address: President increases workers salary

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf addressing a joint session of the 53rd National Legislature
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf addressing a joint session of the 53rd National Legislature

(lbsonline/Liberia)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has delivered her State of the Nation Address and touched on several national issues, including salary increment for Liberian workers.

In accordance with Article 58 of the Liberian Constitution, the President, by law, is mandated to address the National Legislature on the fourth working Monday in January of each year.

President Johnson-Sirleaf said: “Government is going to increase the salary of civil servants by US$ 25. The payment will be retroactive from July of 2012.”

The Liberian President said: “The Finance Ministry has been instructed to implement the back payment in ten days.”

“Government was able to meet her short-term job creation however there is a need to look forward to the long-term job provision for our youth and the masses”.

President Sirleaf made the statements in her two-hour address to a joint session of the 53rd National Legislature Monday 28th January, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.

She said: “Liberia will never be developed, or be modernized unless we work together in unity, our new vision-[2030] must put us on the path of self- confidence.” “The development and growth of our country have not matched with our age. They cannot be left with the Executive alone, but require the collective effort of all Liberians”, the Liberian leader said. 

“The Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) will equally benefit from the salary increment”.

At the same time, she lauded the AFL for its role in keeping the peace at the Liberian/Cote d’ Ivoire boarders and spoke of plans to decentralize the AFL by building barracks for the Army in most parts of the country.

On electricity, the Liberian Leader disclosed that government wants to use US Assistance under the Millennium Challenge Cooperation Compact Program to meet Liberia’s Energy needs.

“I have informed the US that Liberia will propose a single sector project which will focus on the energy needs of the country, the government aims to enhance the power generating capacity of the Mount Coffey Hydro plant from 80 to a 1,000 mega-watts under the US MCC Compact Agreement”.

According to President Sirleaf, a delegation from the US-MCC Compact is due in the country shortly to work with the government to develop a Compact Agreement for Liberia.

The Liberian Leader however said: “much is still needed to be done in meeting the  targets under the US-MCC indicators, improving energy sector of the country was fundamental to economic development which can lead to bettering the lives of ordinary Liberians,” President Sirleaf said.

Liberia recently qualified in a relatively short period of time for the US-MCC Compact program due to government’s steady progress in governance and democracy, an accomplishment President Sirleaf described as one of the government’s greatest achievement.

The President said: “With the increase of electricity provision, businesses and private homes across the country will enjoy low electricity cost of 15 cents per kilowatt hour. 

In an overview of Liberia’s health sector, President Johnson-Sirleaf said: “There are about 346 clinics and 33 health centers with about 82 doctors working across the country”. “The nation’s educational sector was in a dying need of reform, due to lack of sufficient trained teachers and the availability of text books, among others.”, she said. 

“Girls’ enrollment in schools has been encouraging, but pregnancy was prevalent among them. There is need for about 112 Science and Mathematics teachers to be brought in to teach in all public schools.”

The Liberian Leader further said: “The government is looking into improving domestic airports and, at the same time, the services of the National Transport Authority(NTA) is being extended conveying passengers in six counties.”

President Sirleaf then assured of government continues on-going consultations on the drafting of a new local governance act.


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