No salaries for Libyans since January

No salaries for Libyans since January

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LIBYAPROSPECT – Heba Mahmoud

Informed sources said that the governmental employees’ salaries weren’t paid since last January, the issue that the Finance Ministry stated that it is due to demand the Audit Bureau pay the wages according to the system that prevents double vacancies in the governmental bodies.

A report by Ahmed Khamisy for Al-Araby Al-Jadeed website (translated here by LIBYAPROSPECT) said that according to the official data, there are around 1.5 million Libyans employed in government posts, while the Audit Bureau stressed the need to revise the employees lists, via applying the national identification system in paying salaries, to prevent citizens from getting salaries from different bodies.

The national identification system provides reference unique number for each citizen, establish a primary database, used in salaries across the state.

The official spokesperson of the finance minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Radwan Arebi, said that “the salaries will be paid soon, after reaching a solution regarding the Audit Bureau regularities.”

He added that “the Treasury Department approved the salary payments, the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) agreed to allocate 4.8 billion Dinars for the Finance Ministry since the beginning of 2017 to cover the wages and the essential services.”

The salaries delay is common during the past two years, due to the severe economic conditions the country is going through.

Official data said that Libya had spent nearly 1.5 billion Dinars monthly for salaries, but a report by the Audit Bureau revealed that the salaries, about 50% of expenditures, increased approximately 66% over the last three years.

When revising the government employees lists, 1.524 million, the bureau found that 516 thousand workers are getting paid illegally, due to second jobs and the legal age limits.

The highest government bodies regarding salaries are the Education and Defense Ministries. The Audit Bureau report also said that the salaries are almost double revenues.

The oil revenues are 95% of state revenues. Half the budget is allocated to the public-sector employees, and the government subsidies for commodities like bread, fuel, hospitals, and abroad treatment services.

The Financial Year in Libya starts from January until December 31st.