Montserrado County Senator Geraldine Doe- Sheriff
Senator Wants 2 Months Salary Advance For Workers
By Winnie T. Dixon
MONROVIA, August 7 (LINA) - Montserrado County Senator Geraldine Doe- Sheriff is appealing to government to pay two months’ advance salary to all civil servants to enable them sustain their families in this crisis period.
In a letter dated and read August 7, 2014 to the Liberian Senate, Doe-Sheriff noted that if civil servants are to sit home for three months without advance salary, the country stands to fight another crisis after the deadly Ebola disease.
According to the Liberia News Agency, Senator Sheriff said the need to critically examine the alarming rate of poverty in the country is crucial as most Liberians are now dependent on imported goods for consumption, since this is not harvest time in the country.
“Ladies and Gentlemen of the Senate, let me appeal to the Government and to your conscience to please find money anywhere in the budget and pay our people because food prices are very high right now and there is nowhere these people can survive if they don’t have money to meet their basic needs,” she said in the letter.
Senator Sheriff has at the same time thanked the Government and people of Liberia for their stance against the deadly Ebola disease and all the initiatives thus far.
The Senator also encouraged private institutions to pay their employees in advance for two months as the country goes through these critical times.
Following deliberations on her letter, the plenary of the Liberian Senate forwarded the communication to the Committee on Ways, Means and Finance to advise the body in a short time.