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IMF tells Liberia to cut state wage bill

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People queueing for cash outside a bank in Monrovia.
People queueing for cash outside a bank in Monrovia. Darlington Porkpa

The International Monetary Fund or IMF is demanding a further reduction of Liberia’s current wage bill of over 297 million dollars. According to Liberian Finance Minister Samuel Tweh, the IMF is worried about the increase in the wage bill because of the poor state of the nation’s economy. Currently, there are over 74,000 public sector employees on the government’s payroll, compared to about 55,000 during Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s regime. Darlington Porkpa has this report from Monrovia.

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