By Alagie Manneh
Alkalolu (village head persons) and seyfolu (district head chiefs) in the country will be paid monthly salaries starting next year, the minister of finance has announced.
Delivering his budget speech before lawmakers at the National Assembly in Banjul last Thursday, Minister Njie said the Barrow-led government has recognised the important roles alkalolu and seyfolu discharge in keeping the social fabric together.
“Having assessed the valuable service offered by village and community heads to local communities, particularly in their efforts to maintain social cohesion and other traditional roles, this Government has deemed it appropriate to provide monthly salary to alkalolu and chiefs,” he said. “In this regard, a budgetary provision has been made in the 2022 budget to meet this commitment.”
Placing traditional leaders on government pay scale has long been a desire of President Barrow.
In July, he extolled their roles in communities and urged them to “work closely with the government” for the advancement of their communities.
He promised that they will be placed on monthly salary from 2022. y heads to local communities, particularly in their efforts to maintain social cohesion and other traditional roles, this government has deem