- Search Results
 
 
Senator Cooper Wants Lawmakers Pay.....
Date Uploaded: Jun 16, 2017

Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper 

 

Senator Cooper Wants Lawmakers Pay Cut To US$3,333 Monthly

By Joseph Toe

MONROVIA, June 15 (LINA) - Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper wants the monthly salaries of all 103 members of the National Legislature reduced to US$3,333 each, saving about US$9.9 million to create jobs for 2,270 Liberians.

According to Cooper, the monthly salaries of members of the National Legislature are between US$14,000 to US$16,000 monthly.

He noted that the amount more money could also be saved when the salaries of those working in the Executive Branch are reduced with the accruing benefits for the hiring of more teachers, doctors, nurses and police and the economic growth of the country.

Appearing on a radio talk show Thursday, Cooper said the reduction should be considered during the on-going 2017/2018 fiscal year budget hearing currently before the Ways, Means and Finance Committee of the House of Representatives.

He pointed out that the salaries are too much to earn “in a poor country” whose gross domestic product (GDP) stands at US$1.24 billion “with a small revenue” of US$500 million to US$600 million “when most of it is sponsored by donor countries.”

“The economy is hurting and our people are suffering because there are no jobs,” he said, adding it is time that the government picks up from there by reducing the salaries of those who call themselves lawmakers and create jobs for our people.”

Cooper made it clear, admitting that “we the legislators are not doing our job,” falling short to elaborate.

However, he advised the Liberian people to take advantage of the ensuing 2017 presidential and legislative elections “to vote them out.”

“I want the Liberian people to pay back on members of the House of Representatives by voting them out in 2017 and do the same to members of the House of Senate in 2020,” he stated.

LINA JGT/PTK 

latest headlines
Agric Minister Wiles On Extension Services
Agriculture Minister Seklau E. Wiles says effective extension services are crucial to the development of the country's agriculture sector. ...more
Global Communities, Coca-Cola Foundation Dedicate 32 Hand Pumps
The Golden Triangle Partnership Fund under the Coca-Cola System in collaboration with Global Communities has turned over thirty-two newly-constru ...more
Health Authorities Shut 55 Mineral Water Firms
The Ministry of Health and National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) have shut down 55 mineral water companies in Monrovia and its envi ...more
ECOWAS Network Of Elections Commissioners Visits Supreme Court
A high-power delegation from the ECOWAS Network of Elections Commissioners (ECONEC) Tuesday paid a courtesy call on the Chief Justice and Associa ...more
Supreme Court Upholds NEC's Ruling; Disqualifies Kamara
The Supreme Court has disqualified the Assistant Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Abu Bana Kamara, fr ...more
Bong Citizens Recommit To Supporting VP Boakai's Bid
The leadership of Bong County has re-iterated its commitment to supporting the presidential bid of Vice President Joseph Boakai. ...more
 
All rights reserved © 2013 - 2014
Liberia News Agency