Bayelsa State injects N1bn into basic education

Eme Okon, Calabar

The Bayelsa State Government has approved one billion naira to enhance development of its basic education sector in rural communities.
Governor Seriake Dickson, who noted that his administration resolved to release the fund, said another one billion was disbursed to the office of the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.
Governor Dickson made the announcement at the State Executive Council, SEC, meeting in Government House, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital in the Niger Delta.
The Governor explained that in spite of financial constraints, providing social amenities in the rural communities was key to its development.
He also addressed the challenges of non-payment of local government workers’ salaries in the state.
According to him, payment of salaries of local government workers was not the responsibility of the State Government rather the third tier, which enjoys financial autonomy.
He said “I made a pledge to the workers that when we receive the subsequent payments of the Paris Club refund, we will keep to our promise and remain transparent as we strive to pay the salary arrears.”
He advised its employees to disregard the rumour by mischief and show more understanding for the common good of the State.
Similarly, the Bayelsa State chapter of the National Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, affirmed that workers are owed 14 months salaries.
Mr. Akpos Ekeigha, State Chairman of Bayelsa NULGE, said “the least is eight and a half months besides Ogbia, which is 14 months.”
At a parley with newsmen, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Jonathan Obuebite assured “modalities are being worked out to off-set the backlog of salary arrears.”
Omolayo.A