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Opinions Fri, 21 Oct 2005

Letter From The President: Per diem folly

Countrymen and women, loyalists and opponents,

I am glad that at long last the issue of my per diem has attracted your attention. I?ve raised this issue in several of my letters in the past but very few of you seem to take notice until somewhere last week when a citizen of Sikaman wrote an article on the internet accusing me of ?legalized stealing?. I think the call by the WAHALA boys for a total disclosure of the per diem allowances also helped to get your attention on the issue. Am really glad I have your attention.

Now, I am going to tell you (once again) about my views on per diems. Simply put I believe that the payment of per diem allowances to government delegations on official trips abroad should be discontinued immediately. The auditor general appears to have set the records straight by actually putting out figures on how much state officials earn for each day they spend outside of Sikaman. Fair enough.

I only wish that he had come out with those figures much earlier than he did. The statement put out by the auditor general was couched in such a way as to convince citizens that there is no need to complain about how much the president earns as per diem.

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Columnist: J. A. Fukuor/Daily Dispatch
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