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Liberian President Joseph Boakai Takes 40% Salary Cut

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In a move aimed at demonstrating solidarity with the people of Liberia and promoting responsible governance, President Joseph Boakai has announced a significant reduction in his annual salary. The president’s office confirmed that his salary will be slashed by 40%, decreasing from $13,400 to $8,000 per year.

This decision comes amidst growing public scrutiny of government salaries and widespread discontent over the rising cost of living in Liberia. By taking a pay cut, President Boakai hopes to set a precedent for responsible governance and show leadership by example.

The move has drawn mixed reactions from the public, with some praising the president’s gesture and others questioning its significance in light of the benefits he still receives, such as a daily allowance and medical coverage. Transparency advocates, like Anderson D. Miamen and W. Lawrence Yealue II, have welcomed the decision, emphasizing the need for leadership to start from the top and hoping that the president’s benefits will be reviewed in the next budget.

President Boakai has also pledged to empower the Civil Service Agency to ensure fair compensation for public servants, a move that follows protests by lawmakers who had not received their official cars and arrived at parliament in tricycles, a common mode of transport for many Liberians.

Since taking office in January, President Boakai has focused on tackling corruption and financial mismanagement. He has declared his assets, ordered an audit of the presidential office, and strengthened the General Auditing Commission and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission.

This bold move by President Boakai demonstrates his commitment to accountability and transparency, setting a positive tone for his administration’s tenure. As Liberia navigates the challenges of economic growth and development, the president’s willingness to lead by example may inspire others to follow suit, fostering a culture of responsible governance and public service.

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