Workers Day: Bayelsa restates commitment to workers welfare ...says arrears of salaries to receive attention in 2nd tranche of Paris Club refund

Create: 05/01/2017 - 02:10

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson says priority attention will be accorded payment of arrears of salaries owed workers, as soon as the government receives the second tranche of the Paris Club loan refund.

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake  Dickson says priority attention will be accorded payment of arrears of salaries owed workers, as soon as the government receives the second tranche of the Paris Club loan refund.

Represented by his deputy, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (Rtd), the Governor gave the assurance, during this year's Workers Day Celebration at the Peace Park in Yenagoa.

Governor Dickson, who noted that, the refund was being expected two weeks ago, however, said there were hurdles in accessing the funds, which was beyond the control of the state government.

Assuring workers of the government's commitment to their welfare, he promised that, payment of the backlog of their arrears would be done in phases to assuage the plight of civil servants.

On primary school teachers salaries, the Governor acknowledged the inability of local government councils to pay salaries, but noted that, the state government would do its best to complement their efforts to address the problem within available resources.

His words: "The reality on the ground is that it is not possible to meet all the demands. But, the Governor has promised that after satisfying ourselves about the exact requirements of the teachers in the primary schools, we will now work out a ratio on how much the state government will take on."

"To this end, a committee has already been set up so that before the end of this month, we will work out a ratio which will depend not only on the requirements but also on the capacity of the state government to take on that responsibility."

Reacting to the issue of workers training, Governor Dickson said, workers would benefit from various training programmes when the newly established public service training institute takes off fully.

While quoting statistics from the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria, ASCON, he pointed out that, Bayelsa civil service was adjudged among the best in the country.

Describing security as the major responsibility of the federal government, the governor, however, restated his administration's comitment to strenghten the security outfit, ‘Operation Doo Akpo’ through the provision of facilities and other logistics for optimal performance of the security outfit.

In a joint address by the state chapters of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress presented by Comrade John Ndiomu of the NLC, the unions hailed the state government, particularly in the areas of infrastructure and educational development.

They also applauded the government for the approval of funds for the conduct of promotion exercises from 2015 to date.

The organised labour also raised a number of issues ranging from non-payment of gratuities for retirees from 2013 to date, delay in payment of workers salaries, backlog of salaries and allowances for government media workers among others.