We cannot pay full salaries because of militants – Governor Dickson

We cannot pay full salaries because of militants - Governor Dickson

Bayelsa State governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, on Saturday October 1 2016 urged civil servants in the state to accept the payment of half salaries as the government is handicapped to procure full payment of workers’ benefits due to declining revenues. Federal allocation to the state was impacted by resurfaced militancy in the Niger Delta region as well as dwindling oil prices globally, the governor noted.

Speaking during a meeting with members of the Bayelsa Elders Forum in Yenagoa, Dickson said:

“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.”

In Bayelsa State, civil servants have been receiving about 50% of the total amount of money entitled to them as salaries since February 2016.