The Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson, has confirmed the receipt of N10 billion from the Federal Government as its share of the second batch of the Paris/London Club refund.
Of the money, N919 million is meant for the eight local government councils.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said the governor made the confirmation in Yenagoa when he played host to labour leaders in the state.
Dickson directed the State Commissioner for Finance, Mr Maxwell Ebibai, to immediately release the money to enable the councils carry out their obligations, especially to clear some outstanding salaries of workers.
The governor, however, warned that the money for the local government councils should be properly utilised and must not be shared by the few to enrich themselves.
“I have directed that the money should be transferred to them latest tomorrow (Thursday).
As for this money, let me make it clear that is not for them to share and chop.
It is not free money, so those who will be celebrating that money has come to be shared will be disappointed.
One of the greatest problems we have in this state is the fact that people always think that any money that comes is free money for them to share and chop.
They don’t want the state to be developing leaders after leaders, year after year.
“Twenty years after the creation of the state, it is now we are building good schools and health institutions,” the governor said.