Bayelsa State to Pay Only 50% Salary.

Yenagoa – Bayelsa State governor, Mr Seriake Dickson has ordered the immediate payment of 50 per cent of the salaries of workers in the state. Dickson, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, gave the directive after a meeting with the state Finance Committee in Yenagoa.

He said that the directive was in fulfillment of the agreement between government and organised labour represented by Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC. Dickson said that payment of the 50 per cent salaries would commence with the Ministries and Departments that have turned in the reports of their verification exercise. He urged others, especially those in the education sector yet to turn in their verification reports to do so as soon as possible. He commended workers in the state for their patience and understanding, adding that, the government will always strive hard to ensure that it meets its obligation to the workers and called for the cooperation of all Bayelsans.

Opinion: This is so sad and pathetic. First the state governments couldn’t save nor invested properly during the boom days. Now workers are to suffer for it. Many state governments are in deep trouble and unable to pay. To make matters worst, the Niger Delta Avengers are blowing oil in stallations. The impact would be less revenue and more pains for their people and other Nigerians.

C.V.Akuta Media UK.

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