Bayelsa governmentt take over payment of primary school teachers’ salaries
As part of efforts to end the lingering issues of delay in the payment of primary school teachers in the state, state governor, Seriake Dickson has said that the state government will take over the payment of teachers in the state.
The governor said henceforth, the salaries of primary school teachers will be placed on first line charge and directed the Commissioner for Local Government Administration, Agatha Goma under the supervision of the Deputy Governor to ensure strict compliance. He made this pronouncement while speaking at the state’s monthly transparency briefing in Yenagoa.
He said with the current arrangement, the government would deduct the funds meant for the payment of the salaries from the Joint Accounts Allocation Committee (JAAC) in order to pay directly to the teachers.
Dickson explained that the government took the decision because of the difficulties encountered by the council in the payment of the teachers’ salaries.
The governor however reiterated the fact that it was statutorily the responsibility of the councils to pay salaries of primary school teachers as provided for in the law but the latest measure is aimed at avoiding any encumbrances.
He added that the councils had difficulties in paying the teachers salaries due to the endemic payroll fraud in the system especially the inclusion of fake names in the payroll, which the government had been making frantic efforts to address.
According to the governor, the eight local government councils had enjoyed full autonomy as they had always received all their allocations from the Federal Government without deductions.
Dickson stated that very soon, a competency test would be organized for teachers to ensure the state has the right people in charge of the various primary and secondary schools.
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