By Julius T. Jaesen, II
Associate Managing Editor
Montserrado County most celebrated Senator, Abraham Darius Dillon, has presented to the Senate, a bill seeking to set and enact the monthly salaries, allowances and benefits to not more than US$5,000.00 or its equivalent in Liberian dollars for members of the Legislature in keeping with Article 36 of the Constitution of Liberia. According to the Senator, if the bill is passed into law by the Legislature, money generated from such huge cut will go towards sectors that are virtually dying and dysfunctional under the government of George Manneh Weah. According to Senator Dillon, since his ascendancy to the Senate to represent the people of Montserrado, he has given back over US$4,000 to the county as commitment to his campaign pledge.
Sen. Dillon in a press conference appealed to his legislative compatriots to make the most necessary sacrifice and take not more than 5,000.00 in order to demonstrate to the republic, people and world that they were elected to represent the interests and aspirations of their people and country; and to ensure while they were sitting as lawmakers, they made some sacrifices to develop Liberia and its citizens.
Decrying the appalling conditions of health facilities across the country, Senator Dillon noted that if the close to 4 million dollars that will be generated and saved every year, if monitored in keeping with their oversight duty and responsibility, will provide the country the opportunity to fix all state-owned medical facilities in the country and make them very affordable even if not free for poor citizens to access medical care.
“Our economy has been declining especially since the Ebola crisis hit this country; now we are compounded with the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic that is wreaking the world and hurting the economies of the world”, Sen. Dillon decried.
Moreover, Sen. Dillon told Parrot news that Article 7 of the Liberian Constitution essentially says, the Republic shall manage the national economy and natural resources of Liberia in such manner as shall ensure maximum feasible participation of Liberian citizens under condition of equality as to advance the general welfare of the Liberian people and the economic development of Liberia. Senator Dillon stated that quite contrary, over 60 percent of the budget resources go toward personnel costs and salaries thereby leaving virtually nothing for infrastructure development and to grow other sectors that can expand the economy and help to create jobs in the private sector for jobless Liberians.
“We will lobby with our colleagues; this bill may not sound pleasant to some people. We will appeal to our consciences as national leaders so that we can pass this bill. Our people are suffering; the economy of our country is not improving. The small resources that we are able to generate let apply it to and on our people and country rather than few of us“, Dillon explained to Parrot news.
Speaking in a very sad mood, Sen. Dillon said we are in tough economic times, our prevailing economic situation, coupled with projections from credible financial institutions including the World Bank – projecting further decline in economic growth, it will require sound financial and fiscal discipline, and huge sacrifices by national leaders to judiciously allocate scarce public resources so as to meet the general good the Liberian people who elected us to office.
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