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Bayelsa political appointees get 30% pay cut 


Gov. Seriake Dickson

Gov. Seriake Dickson

As part of efforts to cushion the effects of the dwindling federal allocations to the state, the Bayelsa State Government has announced a 30 per cent pay cut for all political appointees in the state. The state government also assured that it would commence payment of salaries of Local Government Council workers on Monday next week.

A press release signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Daniel Iworiso-Mackson, quoted the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Jonathan Obuebite, saying that, the 30 per cent slash in salaries was necessitated by the prevailing economic situation.

According to him, the SEC also resolved that payment of salaries would commence on Monday May 16 2016 at the various designated centres including Peace Park, Samson Siasia Sports Complex, DSP Alamieyeseigha Banquet Hall, Izon Wari, Dr. Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre and Micro Finance Bank in Yenagoa.

Speaking alongside the Commissioner for Local Government Administration, Mrs. Agatha Goma, Obuebite said, council sympathized with the plight of workers, adding that payment of LG salaries would be based on the recently conclude verification exercise, aimed at ascertaining the actual workforce in the councils and ensure that the right persons were paid.

The SEC, he said, decided to set up two committees to monitor salary payment at the state and local government levels, with representatives drawn from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC). He said the Head of Service, Dr. Peter Singabele, would be in charge of the committee for the state mainstream civil service, while that of the LG is to be headed by Mrs. Agatha Goma.

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