The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Finance in collaboration with the Central Bank of Liberia has dedicated the first cash center in Barclayville, Grand Kru County that will help alleviate some of the constraints faced by civil servants in cashing their monthly pay checks in a quick, orderly and secure manner.
Speaking at the dedication ceremony in Barclayville, Grand Kru County on Monday (June 17, 2013), Deputy Finance Minister for Expenditure and Debt Management, Angela Cassell-Bush said the cash center is part of government efforts to create easy access for civil servants in non-bank counties across the country to safely cash their pay checks upon receipt. According to her, government will continue to create more opportunities to safeguard money intended for civil servants to be safely delivered to them locally.
Minister Bush expressed hope that the presence of the cash center would pave the way for the establishment of commercial banks in the county that will go beyond offering not only banking services, but other commercial activities that will boost the economy and the country at large.
Also speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Finance for Administration, Jordan Solunteh, called on local authorities to properly manage the newly dedicated cash center as it would create further opportunities for commercial banks to offer loan services to local dwellers for business purposes.
In a related development, Minister Bush is calling on county officials across Liberia to buttress government efforts in reducing the number of duplicated names on government’s payroll. She noted that the involvement of county officials in the process will help government easily identify duplicated names on its payrolls and prevent checks from being issued to wrong individuals, as well as prevent double payments of salaries.
Minister Bush at the same time called on county authorities to declare the names of dead government employees for placement on the pension list that will enable their families benefit from services they rendered to government while they were alive.