Liberia’s Finance and Development Planning Minister, Samuel Tweh says he supports lawmakers earning higher salaries contrary to opposition Senator, Abraham Darius Dillon’s call for a reduction in the legislators’ salaries.
Senator Dillon had recently summited a bill at the Senate seeking a legislator’s salary to be reduced from $15,000 USD to 5,000 USD.
According to the Montserado County Senator, he has tested that US$5,000 is sufficient for a lawmaker to make, rather than making a huge salary at the detriment of the country and its people.
However, Minister Samuel Tweh in an apparent reaction to Senator Dillon’s Bill explained to a group of Liberians of the Amagashie community the importance of lawmakers earning higher salaries.
According to the Finance and Development Planning Minister, Legislators’ salaries should not be cut because their constituents depend on them for Financial support.
Minister Tweh called on residents of the community to resist calls for a reduction in legislators’ salaries as according to him, it is not in the best interests of the lawmakers and their constituents.
He said that the budget of the Legislature which was earlier about 49 Million United States Dollars has already been reduced to 33 million by the CDC government, as such there is no need to further reduce the lawmakers’ salaries.
The Minister who appeared to be on a pre-campaign trail ahead of December 8, 2020, special senatorial election visited the Community Saturday alongside District 5 Representative and CDC senatorial aspirant Thomas Fallah.
While in the community, Minister Tweh cautioned the electorates to Support and promote Representative Thomas Fallah’s Senatorial bid due to his excellent representation and development initiatives carried out over the years.