The SLPP led government of President has made a landmark history in restoring the dignity of the traditional chieftain. After years of concern over neglect and less attention in terms of remuneration considerations for paramount chiefs and other chiefs across the country, the Bio administratio9n has taken the concerns on board by increasing their remunerations.
Through the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, the government has announced an increment in the remuneration of all Paramount Chiefs, Regent Chiefs, Chiefdom Speakers and other Chiefdom functionaries as well as Western Area Tribal Headmen, effective April 2020.
According to the pronouncement made recently, the Government has commenced the payment of this increased remuneration effective April 2020.
In this regard according to the pronouncement, total remuneration for Paramount Chiefs/Regent Chiefs has increased from Le1.1 billion per quarter to Le2.94 billion per quarter or from Le 4.4 billion per annum to Le11.8 billion per annum. Similarly, quarterly remuneration for Chiefdom Speakers has also increased from Le798 million per quarter to Le1.7 billion per quarter or from Le3.2 billion per annum to Le6.8 billion per annum. Also, total quarterly remuneration for Western Area Tribal Headmen has increased from Le6.72 million per quarter to Le48m per quarter or from Le26.88 million per annum to Le192 million per annum.
Payment for the second quarter (April, May and June) of FY 2020 amounting to Le 4,612,500,000 has been made to Paramount Chiefs, Regents Chiefs, Chiefdom Speakers and Western Area Tribal Headmen.
The General Public is further informed that the implementation of the policy statement to other Chiefdom functionaries (Central Chiefdom Admin Clerks, Chiefdom Admin Clerks, Chiefdom Police Inspectors, Sergeants, Corporals and Police Constables) is predicated upon the conduct of a Chiefdom Councils Staff Audit and Biometric verification, which will be conducted by the National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA).
These policy actions are consistent with the Government’s strategy to improve Chiefdom Governance and strengthen Chiefdom Councils. Finally, these actions are expected to boost the morale of Chiefdom Council functionaries and positively influence service delivery at that level.