23rd April 2017
Women Volunteers Receive Outstanding Payments from Government
By a press release (18/04/17)
The Government of Sierra Leone has ensured that the entire backlog of stipends owed women volunteers were recently paid in full.
Reports have noted that the payments to the women was back-tracked to monies owed for several months last year and also again for the first three months of 2017. (Pictured: Minister Dr. Sylvia Blyden posed at the Welfare Ministry in Freetown).
It is not yet clear how much payments the government is talking about but sources have confirmed that it is in the range of millions of Leones. Below is the public notice by the government:
PAYMENT OF SEVERAL MONTHS STIPEND TO ALL FEMALE VOLUNTEER STREET SWEEPERS UNDER GOVERNMENT’S WOMEN ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME
The Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender & Children’s Affairs is informing all grassroots women engaged in the Women’s Economic Empowerment programme that the Government of Sierra Leone has secured funds to ensure they are paid in full for entire backlog of volunteer stipends owed to them for several months last year and also again for the first 3 months of this year.
All volunteers will have their outstanding stipend payments be honoured. All the women will be paid in full for all stipends owed them until March 31st 2017.
In this regard, all participants in Government’s grassroots female Street Sweepers programme were urged to report at the Ministry headquarters at New England on Thursday April 13th 2017 at 9:00am when they collected their outstanding sums of stipends.
Prior to disbursements of cash, all affected grassroots women were addressed by both Minister Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden and the President of Women’s Forum Mrs. Maude Peacock.