Seriake Dickson, the governor of Bayelsa state, has expressed his discontent with non-payment of salaries to the civil servants in the state and ordered the head of service, the accountant general and other officials to ensure rightfully earned payments.
According to Premium Times, 50% of February’s wages are expected to be paid by Monday. This information was confirmed by John Indiomu, the chairman of the Nigerian labour congress in Bayelsa state.
Taking into acount the current economic situation in the country, the workers agreed to receive only a part of their salaries but nevertheless demanded the government to pay the rest of the arrears as soon as possible.
“As the situation is, there is nothing we can do than to accept it,” Mr Indiomu said.
In a statement by his chief press secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, Mr Dickson warned the officials responsible for payments to follow his directive, explaing the reason for the delay or face disciplinary action.
The governor commended the workers for their patience, and expressed his administration’s commitment to their welfare.
Recall that the workers recently started a three-day strike to protest the inability of the government to pay their salaries for almost half a year. Shortly afterwards the workers accepted the government’s proposal and called off the strike.