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2013-State of the Nation Address: Government 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, 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 need to look forward to the long-term job provision for our youth and the masses”.

President Johnson-Sirleaf made the statements in her two-hour address to the joint session of the 53rd National Legislature Monday 28th January, 2013 at the Capitol 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 with all Liberians”, the President 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 is seeking the US Assistance, under the Millennium Challenge Cooperation Compact Program, to meet Liberia’s Energy needs.

“I have informed the US Government that Liberia will propose a single sector project to 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 1,000 mega-watts under the US MCC Compact Agreement”.

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

The Liberian Leader, however, said: “Much is still needed to be done in meeting the  targets under the US-MCC indicators. Improving Liberia's energy sector was fundamental to the country's economic development, aimed at 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 her administration's greatest achievements.

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, 33 health centers and about 82 active doctors across the country.” The nation’s educational sector was in a dying need of reform, due to lack of sufficient trained teachers and adequate 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 at improving domestic airports and, the National Transport Authority(NTA) services be extended to convey passengers in six counties.”

President Johnson-Sirleaf then assured Liberians of government's continued on-going consultations on the drafting of a new local governance act.

 


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