-no money to pay staff
June 14, 2017 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
The King George VI Memorial Home is presently undergoing serious financial difficulty, a situation that has prevented the Sierra Leone Society for the Welfare of the Aged to carry out the necessary maintenance in the home, as well as pay staff salary.
The government, through the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affair’s is supposed to provide quarterly subvention for the running of the home but it is not forthcoming. Staffs at the home have gone over a month without receiving salary.
According to the Treasurer of the Sierra Leone Society for the Welfare of the Aged, Hannah Deen, the home is financially handicapped to carryout activities.
She said even though they were entitled to subvention, it is not coming on a timely basis, disclosing that the last subvention received from government was in October of 2016.
She stated that they only rely on donations from individuals and organizations to carryout maintenance and payment of staff.
“As for now, we don’t have money to pay our staff for the month of May. We are really constrained with finance,” she said.
Ask as to whether government was aware about their constrains, madam Deen said they had raised concerns with the Social Welfare Ministry on several occasions but they kept telling them that money was not available to give them their subvention.
She noted that the Le8, 000,000 to Le10, 000,000 they were receiving from government as their quarterly subvention, was not enough as they usually spend around sixteen million Leones (Le16, 000,000) monthly on salaries and maintenance.
“For anytime I visit the ministry, I will ask about our subvention but the response from officials is ‘no money available’. We are in dire need of money to carryout maintenance and pay our staff. We have a lot in terms of foodstuff to take care of inmates,” she said.
Even though she may welcome an increment in subvention, Madam Deen urged government to make available subvention on a timely manner to allow them cater for staff and maintenance the home.