Somali cabinet members have agreed to implement the directive by Prime minister Hamza Abdi Barre to support the operations against al-Shabaab in south-central Somalia.
In a meeting chaired by the Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s office, Mohamed Abukar Zubeyr, the General Directors of different ministries discussed the acceleration of the government’s activities to back the war to liberate villages and towns under al-Shabaab control.
During the meeting, they discussed in-depth how each ministry should play its role in the liberation of the country to eradicate the extremists.
Mohamed Abukar Zubeyr urged the General Directors to expedite their efforts to implement the government’s forward-looking plans to achieve the government’s goals.
Late last month, the Somali Prime Minister instructed the nation’s finance ministry to implement 20% wage cuts on cabinet members in a bid to raise funds for the ongoing military offensive against al-Shabaab.
PM Hamza said the federal government would implement the cuts for three months, and other government workers would also see a 5% wage cut.
According to a statement from the PM’s office, the finance ministry was assigned to hold the money in a separate account.