The Majority Leader, Hon. Edie Turay has described the Sierra Leone Parliament as the least resourced in West Africa with only four clerks serving twenty-five Parliamentary Committees.
Hon. Turay maintained that plans are underway to up grade the standard of Parliament and its members by way of remuneration and capacity building for effective and efficient services.
He described the current status of Sierra Leone Parliament as incredible; giving the meager salary scale of Le 1.8 million a month for MPs, as compared to Parliamentarians in Liberia who are paid $ 6000 US Dollars each per month.
The SLPP Deputy Minority Leader, Hon. Emmanuel Tommy bitterly complained that, in spite of the good rapport among them in Parliament, they are not allowed by the Speaker, Justice Abel Strong, to express their views.
He opined that they are not happy with the Speaker of Parliament, as he normally refuses to give them the opportunity to adequately express their views on topical issues.
He noted that there is a cordial relationship between SLPP, APC and PMDC members of Parliament, adding that the Speaker is an exemption because he always limit them on sensitive parliamentary debates.
He said that as Parliamentarians, they constitute the supreme law making body and also charged with the responsibility of approving Cabinet Ministers, but that these Ministers feel they are superior to Parliamentarians. During the reigns of the SLPP government, he said, they had wanted to confront President Kabbah on their salary issue, but due to the war, they were compelled to be patient as funds were directed towards post war development programs.
He confessed that the Committees of Parliament are not executing their functions properly, as they are extremely under-resourced.