Sankareh: Civil service allowances and salaries under review, to be completed soon

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA:- The Gambia government is comprehensively reviewing the salary and allowance structure for civil servants across the board, government spokesperson, Ebrima Sankareh said in a statement on Monday.

Sankareh said conscious of the impact of low salaries and allowances of civil servants especially under the COVID-19 pandemic, government is determined to revise the salary/pay-scale of the service across the board.

According to him, the Vice President assisted by the Secretary General has studied the draft of the proposed adjustments of allowances that are being fine-tuned by Personnel Management Office (PMO) prior to submission to the Cabinet.

“Simultaneously, PMO has been developing an augmented Civil Service pay and grading structure with consultants from Public Administration International (PAI) in the UK,” he said.

“Regrettably, the COVID-19 pandemic has also affected this important exercise. However, notwithstanding the pandemic-related lull, PMO is now at the final stage of costing the pay options developed by the UK consultants. Upon completion, these new options will be presented to Cabinet for Executive consideration and then submission to the National Assembly for the legislative action.

“President Barrow’s Government is aware of the domestic and international socio-economics dynamics affecting the standards of living of many people and is diligently working towards ensuring that Gambian civil servants and their families enjoy maximum quality work-life balance with ideal living incomes.”

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