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Gov’t pays over Le4bn quarterly remuneration to traditional leaders

The Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Finance has paid the sum of Le 4,612,500,000 to all Paramount Chiefs, Regent Chiefs, Chiefdom Speakers and Tribal Heads in the Western Area as their quarterly remuneration for April, May and June 2020.

A release from the finance ministry stated that the remuneration of traditional authorities including Paramount and Regent Chiefs and Tribal Heads has been increased by one hundred and fifty percent effective April.

“The total remuneration for Paramount Chiefs/Regent Chiefs has increased from Le 1.1 billion per quarter to Le 2.94 billion per quarter or from Le 4.4 billion per annum to Le 11.8 billion per annum,” the release stated.

Also, quarterly remuneration for Chiefdom Speakers increased from Le 798 million per quarter to Le 1.7 billion per quarter or from Le 3.2 billion per annum to Le 6.8 billion annum, while that of Western Area Tribal Heads increased from Le 6.72 million per quarter to Le 48 million or from Le 26.88 million per annum to Le 192 million per annum.

The action by government is in fulfillment of the pronouncement made by the Finance Minister, Jacob Jusu Saffa in the Budget and Statement of Economic and Financial Policies for the Financial Year 2020 to increase the remuneration of all Paramount Chiefs, Regent Chiefs, Chiefdom Speakers and Western Area Tribal Heads.

The release stated that the implementation of the policy statement to other Chiefdom functionaries (Central Chiefdom Admin Clerks, Chiefdom Admin Clerks, Chiefdom Police Inspectors, Sergeants, Corporal, and Police Constables) is predicated upon the conduct of a Chiefdom Council Staff Audit and Biometric verification, which will be conducted by the National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA).

Minister of Finance, Jacob Jusu Saffa said government is aware of the critical role played by Paramount Chiefs in supporting service delivery at the local level, adding, “Government is committed to restoring the dignity of Paramount Chiefs and Tribal Heads in the Western Area. The first step in this direction is the increase in their remuneration.”

He noted that these policy actions are consistent with the Government’s strategy to improve Chiefdom Governance and strengthen Chiefdom Councils, while expressing hope that these actions will boost the morale of Chiefdom Council functionaries and positively impact on service delivery at the local level.

It could be recalled that few months back, the government announced an increment in the remuneration of Mayors/Chairmen and core staff of Local Councils across the country.

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