IMF tells Liberia to cut state wage bill

By: Darlington Porkpa in Monrovia | RFI |


Photo credit: People queueing for cash outside a bank in Monrovia. Darlington Porkpa

(RFI) – The International Monetary Fund or IMF is demanding a further reduction of Liberia’s current wage bill of over 297 million dollars. According to Liberian Finance Minister Samuel Tweh, the IMF is worried about the increase in the wage bill because of the poor state of the nation’s economy.

Currently, there are over 74,000 public sector employees on the government’s payroll, compared to about 55,000 during Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s regime. RFI’s correspondent Darlington Porkpa sends this report from Monrovia.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.