MP’s Ask for 300% Salary Increment …
as conditions of service for local councils, teachers, nurses remain miserable
Conditions of service for local council staff in Sierra Leone remains one of the most miserable in the world as they continue to wallow in poverty while the bulk of the country’s development work is being done by them. It is sad to disclose that since the establishment of local councils in the political set up of the country, salaries and other conditions of services for staff of councils including Mayors, District Council Chairpersons, Councilors and other staff have remained extremely poor and nothing has ever been done by the central government to reverse this age-old problem plaguing our councils.
In spite of the burden of work done by councils as enshrined in the Local Councils Act in which development functions are been devolved to them, their staff remain the among the least paid as evident in the mere Le1,9,00,000 token given to Mayors and Chairpersons, Le750,000 given to councilors and the list goes on and on with no end of service benefits or pension; a situation that does not only serves as a recipe for corruption for council staff who do not have strong morals, but also will deter the right caliber of people to run for council positions because of the miserable remuneration and other conditions of services that are plaguing the councils.
Despite the several proposals tabled to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development by the Local Councils Association in a bid to look into the appalling conditions of service for local council staff, there has been no response from the ministry.
This is therefore a cause for concern, especially if the country is serious about its decentralization drive.
By Ibrahim Alusine Kamara
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