PAYMENT OF END OF SERVICE BENEFITS GRATUITIES AND SUMMARY ANALYSIS OF GRATUITIES AND ARREARS OF PENSIONS OF FORMER PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT. MINISTERS, DIPLOMATS AND CONTRACT GRATUITIES

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I Former President & Vice President 2 6,806,480,697.00 3,403,240,348.50
2 Former Ministers and Deputy Ministers 59 36,431,825,281.00
3 Ambassadors & Deputy Ambassadors,
Information & Cultural Attaches 44 7,277,843,695.00
4 Heads of Agencies/Departments 38 5,721,130,549.00 2,860 565 274.50
5 Subvented Agencies End of Service
Benefits 154 3,451,075,493.50
6 Contract Gratuities – Ex-Gratia 74 3,690,683,331.00
TOTAL 371 66,830,114,540.00 33,415,057,270.00
PENSION ARREARS TO FORMER PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT AND POLITICAL APPOINTEES OF THE LAST ADMINISTRATION
The Ministry of Finance announces for the information of the general public that the sum of Le33,415,057,270 has been disbursed for the payment of severance benefits, gratuities and arrears of pensions to former President, Vice President, Ministers and Deputy Ministers, and other Political Appointees of the previous Administration. The amount disbursed represents 50% of the total amount due as payment of severance benefits and gratuities while arrears due of the monthly pensions have been paid up to 31 st May, 2019. Going forward, their monthly pensions from June 2019 will be paid by NASSIT.
The table below shows breakdown of payments by category and number of beneficiaries:
The public would recall that in 2017, the IMF suspended its engagement with the then Administration due to low domestic revenue collection and slippages in the management of the finances of the State. Upon assumption of the leadership of the State, the new Administration prioritized and negotiated a new credible economic programme with the IMF and other development partners, which was approved in November 2018. The first review of the good economic track record and performance of Government was successfully completed on June 28, 2019, resulting to immediate disbursement of about US$ 21.62 million. This immediate disbursement includes direct budget support of US$ 13.9 million.
It is worthy for the general public to know that at the time the previous Administration prepared the 2018 Budget, they did not make provisions for the payments of end of service benefits to ex President, Vice President, Ministers and Deputies, Diplomats and other political appointments. Therefore, these payments, which are part of the 2019 Budget of the new Administration, have been made possible as a result of the disbursement of the US$ 13.9 million by IMF reflecting the good economic performance of the Sierra Leone Government.
The balance 50% of the amount due will be paid in due course.
5th July, 2019
For more information:
Contact: +232 78 584 006 or asesay@rqof.gov.sl

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