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Thursday, January 21, 2016

FG punishing Bayelsa with denial of bailout funds – Dickson’s Aide

The Bayelsa State Government has alleged that the Federal Government is penalizing the oil-rich state with denial of bailout funds worth N1.3 billion, reports ITRealms.

Chief Press Secretary Governor Henry Seriake Dickson, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said in a press statement made available to ITRealms, expressing displeasure over the non-release of the bailout fund of N1.3 billion it requested from the Federal Government to enable it clear the backlog of salaries of local government workers in the state.

He said the State Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (retd), made the submission during the inauguration of Establishment (civil Service), State Pensions and Local Government committees in Yenagoa.

Jonah, who observed that, the amount was the least among the states that applied for the fund wondered why Bayelsa was yet to benefit from the facility.

He appealed to the Federal Government to come to the aid of the state by ensuring that, the bailout is released to alleviate the plight of local government workers, as revenues accruing to the state are no longer adequate to augment their salaries.

Addressing chairmen and members of the various committees, the Deputy Governor gave an 11-point terms of reference to the local government committee, which include to determine actual staff number in the original 8 local government councils in 2007 and the related wage bill.

He also charged the local government committee to review the salary structure of the councils and rural development authorities, as well as physically identity the staff in their payroll as at December 31, 2015.

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Pix: Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (retd)

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