President George M. Weah has announced that his administration will work with the National Legislature to increase Civil Servants’ salaries above the minimum wage bill beginning this fiscal year 2023 which will total US$6 million annually.
The President made the pronouncement in his ongoing State of the Nation Address (SONA) to the 54th National Legislature at the Capitol Building in Monrovia.
In his address, the Liberian leader said news that about 15 thousand Civil Servants are still being paid below the minimal wage bill was unacceptable and unlawful something he said should and will not be tolerated by his administration.
He also called on the 54th Legislature to speedily pass the Gender Equity bill to boost women participation in public elected offices.
The bill, sponsored by the Women’s Legislative Caucus and Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor, among other things, seeks to compel political parties to include more women in key position within their respective parties.
Currently there are only 10 women lawmakers out of 103-member 54th Legislature of the Liberia. Out of that number eight are in the 73-member House of Representatives and two in the Liberian Senate that comprises of 30 members in total.
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