Bayelsa can’t pay full salaries now, says Dickson

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Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, has
maintained that the state government cannot pay
its workers full salaries because of dwindling
revenue.

The governor stated this during a meeting with
members of the Bayelsa Elders Forum in Yenagoa,
a statement from the state’s Ministry of Information
and Orientation, indicated on Saturday.
Dickson urged the elders to prevail on the civil
servants from their different localities to accept the
ongoing payment pattern.
The government had been paying workers in the
state 50 per cent salaries since February 2016.

The statement quoted the governor as saying, “In
the area of public service, I appeal to the elders to
be part of the discussions by engaging civil
servants from their localities to accept the ongoing
payment pattern as government at this point
cannot pay full salaries.
“Some of the major challenges our government is
facing is dwindling revenue and security. We call
for collaboration to ensure law and order in all the
local government areas in the state.”
Also, Dickson paid glowing tribute to elders and
founding fathers of the state who fought and
persistently agitated for the creation of Bayelsa in
1996.
Noting that the state was not where it should be,
he nevertheless said it was not where it used to
be.
Meanwhile, the state government has said
activities of the militant group, Niger Delta
Avengers, shrank the state’s revenue.
The government said during a monthly
transparency briefing in Yenagoa on Friday that the
group’s activities had reduced the oil revenue
accruable to the state from N3bn in July, 2016 to
N1bn in August, 2016.
The Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Rear
Admiral John Jonah (retd.), declared a deficit of
N1.9bn during the briefing.
Jonah, who announced a gross inflow of N8.7bn,
said N1.4bn was spent on bank loans, N2.1bn on
civil servants’ salaries and capital payment of
N3.2bn.
He said the recurrent payment was N1.4bn, while
that of political appointees salaries gulped N472m,
bringing the total outflow to N8.9bn.

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