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Liberia: Mixed reactions over President Boakai’s 40% pay cut

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Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey is an experienced African journalist who has worked with top media brands in Ghana where he is based.

President Joseph Boakai decision to cut his salary by 40% has sparked mixed reactions from citizens.

The move lowers the annual salary of the President from $13,400 to $8,000 per year.

This move comes in response to growing public scrutiny of government salaries and widespread discontent over the rising cost of living in Liberia.

President Boakai’s office stated that he hopes this decision will set a precedent for “responsible governance” and show “solidarity” with the people of Liberia.

This action is similar to that of his predecessor, George Weah, who also reduced his salary by 25%.

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But reactions to the pay cut have been mixed. Some people praise the move, while others question its significance since the president still receives benefits such as a daily allowance and medical coverage.

Anderson D. Miamen from the Centre of Transparency and Accountability in Liberia called the pay cut “welcoming.”

He hopes the public will see where the deductions go and how they will be used to positively impact people’s lives.

Lawrence Yealue II, who also advocates for government transparency, described the decision as “commendable” and emphasized that leadership should start from the top.

He also hopes that President Boakai’s benefits will be reviewed in the next budget.

President Boakai has also promised to empower Liberia’s Civil Service Agency to ensure fair compensation for public servants.

This pledge follows protests by lawmakers who, having not received their official cars, arrived at parliament in tricycles, known locally as keh-keh, a common mode of transport for many Liberians.

Since taking office in January after defeating Mr. Weah in a run-off election, President Boakai has focused on tackling corruption and financial mismanagement.



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