Leading the charge for pay cuts, Montserrado County senator Geraldine Sheriff, Grand Bassa County senator Nyomblee Lawrence, as well as Grand Kru senator Peter Coleman all prayed that other members of government think seriously about cutting down on the huge benefits they receive monthly beside their fabulous salaries.
For us at The Capitol Times, this is very welcoming news, coming from the same group of honorable members of parliament who not long ago wanted to literally flog one of their colleagues, Margibi County senator Oscar Cooper, for suggesting the same thing, that members of the senate give up portion of their salaries and other benefits to beef up civil servants’ salaries.
We are also elated that members of the legislature have started thinking outside of the box by suggesting alternative means of revenue generation to support the national budget instead of the normal heavy reliance on the extractive sector.
We agree with Senator Lawrence and others government must “shift its income generation mechanism from the extractive industry to agriculture, which is a sustainable form of income generation for many nations”.
It is our hope that the honorable members of the national legislature, as well as other branches of the government heed the senators’ call at this critical period.