By S.U. Thoronka
There was thunderous applause and standing ovation in the well of Parliament last Friday when the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Kaifala Marah disclosed in his budget speech to the nation an increase of 85% on salaries for all MPs.
In delivering the budget speech, Dr. Marah emphatically said that the government was dedicating the budget to the youth, women, children and workers, adding that the proposed budget was not only pro-poor but that it is a people-centered budget that would lead this nation from 2013-2018.
Dr. Marah informed that Sierra Leone which used to occupy second to last position in the UN Human Index rating has now moved 10 steps upward. The minimum wage in the public sector has been pegged at Le480,000 as at 1st January 2014 whilst all teachers, police officers and military officers now earn not less than Le600,000 for a start.
Dr. Kaifala Marah assured that inspite of the challenges in implementing the Agenda for Change which has metamorphosed into the Agenda for Prosperity, the economy is on track and that it is expected to grow further by 6% in 2014, adding that inflation has been reduced to a single digit.