The Liberian government announced last week that it would start a pay harmonization exercise that would also reduce the wage bill from 60 to 40 percent of the total government revenue.
Equal pay is a recognized human rights issue by the United Nations, whose Sustainable Development Goals call for equal pay for equal work. However, women currently make 77 percent of what men make on average.
In Liberia, public service pay is categorized into two major trunks. Cabinet ministers directly manage the Special Allowance, completely different from the set salary for the banded positions. For example, a cabinet minister might have the discretion to pay a special assistant US$2,000 as Special Allowance in addition to regular salary while other special assistants within the Civil Service Agency payroll system are making far less.
May 1, celebrated as International Labor Day, is a time to reflect on how having a decent, motivated, and valued workforce can unite employees and promote economic growth and social development growth in Liberia.
Through mobile salary payments, government employees can now get their monthly payments transferred to them on their phones, greatly reducing the need for difficult, expensive trips to the bank.
Today, Liberia joins member states of the African Union to celebrate the African Public Service Day.
As the school year winds down, most students in Gbi and Doru district are out of school early this year and have taken to farming and mining.
For the past 14 years, I have given the best of myself to Liberia. With honor, I have dedicated my entire professional and personal life to the betterment of our country, especially within the ICT sector.