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.