Bayelsa state government has released funds for the completion of the ongoing developmental projects across the state and approved additional N2 billion for the State Universal Basic Education Board, (SUBEB) and Millennium Development Goals.
Most of the projects are at the advance stage and in order to meet the deadline for the completion, the Executive Council in its 77th meeting approved substantial amount to speed up the projects.
Also, in its efforts to boost infrastructure in the primary education sector at the grassroots level and empowerment of the youths, the government has approved N2billion for SUBEB and MDGs.
This is in line with the Restoration government policy of improving the standard of education and empowering the teeming youths in the state.
The approved sums as resolved in the executive council would take care of the state shares of the counterpart funds and other developmental projects.
The breakdown shows an approval of N1 billion. each for SUBEB and MDGs.
With the approval of N1 billion, most of the on going projects, especially at the primary education sector are expected to be completed.
Also with the sole aim of beautifying the Ox-bow Lake, Council also looked into the dredging activities at the Ox-bow Lake and has called on all owners of dredgers within that vicinity to immediately move out, which is a follow up of the notice sent out by the ministry of environment to all operators within the environment. Council announced the commencement of the fencing that is billed to commence immediately at the Ox-bow Lake for security reasons.
Shortly after the meeting, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Hon. Jonathan Obuebite who briefed journalists on the resolution added that council agreed to encourage Bayelsans to take advantage of the free boarding school facilities provided by the government with five of its kind already in session, and informed that in July, the sports academy will also commence as directed by the governor.
He also called on the people of the state to desist from rumour and those engaged in it under the guise of online media platforms as their penchant for spreading unfounded stories about the non-payment of salaries is now known to be guile.
Hon. Obuebite reiterated that what the Local Government Areas owes is the backlog which accrued during the period when the entire nation and the state was in recession and stated that no LGA is owing more than 9 months except Ogbia that is owing 10 months arrears . But assured that modalities are been worked out to offset the backlog of salary areas and stated that the said publication lacked fact as the situation on ground is different.
The Commissioner further stated that with the commencement of full salary payment by the council no LGA has the capacity to fully comply due to the fact that what they get monthly can not meet up their monthly salary obligation as their wage bill is more than the allocation coming into the various councils.