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Minister Tokpah Promises To Address Chiefs’ Salary Issue
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 Internal Affairs Minister Dr. Henrique Tokpah



Minister Tokpah Promises To Address Chiefs’ Salary Issue
By Onesimus S. Garway, LINA Grand Bassa County Intern Correspondent

BUCHANAN, February 22 (LINA) - Internal Affairs Minister Dr. Henrique Tokpah has promised to address soonest the issue of salary payment to chiefs in Grand Bassa County.

Making the pledge at the start of a two-day training of chiefs in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County over the weekend, Dr. Tokpah said the issue of salaries of traditional leaders has been an age-old problem and needs to be addressed swiftly through legislative intervention.

He made the promise following an appeal by the Chairman of the Liberia Traditional Council, Chief Zanzan Karwah, at the start of the training organized by the Carter Center.

He, however, noted that the possibility of getting things done through the Legislature is high, but warned the chiefs against high expectations over the amount that they are to receive when endorsed.

Tokpah, who did not say when the ministry would begin this process, told the chiefs that the process, when carried out, will attach prestige to their work and restore the decades of traditional values that have been lost as a result of the situation.

“We will begin a tour of the country from the Southeast in March to identify the names of chiefs that are actively carrying out their duties and functions as a way of ensuring that this task is achieved,” Dr. Tokpah said.

It can be recalled that on February 13 at the induction ceremony of Grand Bassa County Superintendent Joseph Levi Denmah in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County District # 4 Representative Byron Browne raised the issue of the traditional chiefs’ salaries, describing the lack of salary for them as “unfortunate and disappointing.”

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