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Big Joe
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A friend of mine who was a member of parliament in Salone last year told me that an MP’s salary was less than 3,000 United States dollars a month.  A Liberian senator makes about 15,000 United States dollars a month and a Ghanaian parliamentarian makes about 11,000 united states dollars a month.  Thus, it is not hard to deduce that public officials in Salone do not make much.

If the Salone MP does not make up to $3,000 a month, then how much does a minister make?  I am asking this question because I am seeing folks leaving their lucrative jobs in the Diaspora and accepting President Bio’s offer of a ministerial position. 

In the days of Tolongbo, a minister in the ministry of Finance, Lands, Mines, Education,  or Trade, for example, can easily become a millionaire within a year of work.  There was no oversight from State House, which left the minister to steal as much as he can.  All di Pa wanted was his own cut of the loot.   

With Julius Maada Bio things appear to be different.  There is a very strict Chief Minister breathing down the throats of ministers.  Living on a meager salary is going to be hard.  Therefore, it will not surprise me to see some of the Diaspora guys resigning after a year and returning to their various bases.

Spectator 007
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A 2SIM MP in the 2012-2018 term told me the pay was about $1,000 a month. He further said the allowances were meager and knew of some MPs who trekked (waka).

Under Kabbah I was told the cabinet member salary for a minister was $500/month but they had allowances and free housing plus a car.

A diaspora technocrat is not likely to be an insider and or designated tiff-man. A designated tiff-man is usually an insider. Chances are if an individual from the diaspora chaps/embezzles he/she will be prosecuted and disgraced...because u noto wan of dem wae suffer on d ground.

More lucrative jobs obtained through political appointment and that funded by the IC exist if u nor wan tiff.

If I was in my early thirties, highly educated, and had a very good job in the diaspora, there is no way I’d give that up for a ministerial position. HTTN!!!
Big Joe
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So, why would a 31 year old Moinina Sengeh with a Ph.D from MIT accept a government job in Salone?  This is what puzzles me.  An MIT Ph.D in the sciences almost guarantees the holder a life in wealth especially in the United States.  Does this guy love his country so much that I would give up wealth for a life as dreg man?
Spectator 007
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@Big Joe, he probably wants to use that to establish contacts at home and abroad because I’m sure he’ll be attending conferences where representing a nation he may carry more clout....then reposition himself for a major move within 2-3 years max.
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