The Consortium of Public Sector Workers (CPSWL) of Liberia has raised concern over the thirty thousand United State Dollars (US$30,000) being distributed to each lawmaker as Legislative Engagement Fund.
The Consortium comprising of the National Teachers’ Association of Liberia, the National Health Workers’ Union of Liberia, the Civil Servant Association of Liberia and the National Pensioners’ Union of Liberia in separate remarks recently lamented that it was disheartening for lawmakers to distribute such huge money among themselves when the nation is plagued with a perennial pandemic.
The Consortium stressed that while it acknowledged that the money being distributed is lawful as it was earlier budgeted for, the group maintained that it was troubled with the timing of such distribution amidst the ranging COVIC-19 pandemic when several Liberians and other residents are being killed by the disease; while local health centers are overwhelmed with patients struck by the disease.
The Consortium intoned that at this time of immense economic challenges which has seriously hampered the effective operations at health centers across the country with inadequate medical supplies, drugs and equipment; it would have been prudent for lawmakers to remit such money to government’s coffers to be used for medical purposes to curb the rampaging COVIC-19 scourge.
The public sector leaders described the action by lawmakers to distribute the money among themselves as insensitive to the plight of citizens and urged them to return latest US$15,000 being distributed to government’s coffers to be redirected to medical centers across the country for the purchase of drugs and PPE to fight the COVIC-19 pandemic.
The President of the Civil Servant Association of Liberia Mr. Moibah Johnson who described the lawmakers action as unfortunate, recounted that just over two weeks ago, the nation mainly civil servants who are earning meager salaries were astonished to learn that lawmakers have appropriated such huge amount in the budget for the themselves under the canopy of Legislative Engagement Fund.
Mr. Johnson noted that with the latest distribution of the second portion of the US$15,000 to each lawmaker, the attitude of lawmakers apportioning monies among themselves is becoming perennial and that it was time to call them to order as their action is causing hospitals to run out of medication, lack of instructional material in schools, lack of public infrastructures and the underdevelopment of the country.
Other speakers who expressed similar sentiments included the President of the National Teachers’ Association of Liberia Mrs. Mary Mulbah-Nyemah, the President of the National Health Workers’ Union of Liberia, Mr. Joseph S. Tamba, and the President of the National Pensioners’ Union of Liberia, Mr. Latnor Martoh.