The Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, has on Tuesday ordered the full payment of salaries, to all civil servants in the state from the month of November, ahead of supreme court judgement.
It would be recalled that for several months, the state workforce had been receiving 50% of their salaries as a result of the lean resources to the state, especially from the Federation Account.
This however, is about to change as the governor has now directed the State Commissioner for Finance, Mr Maxwell Ebibai, to ensure that every worker in the state gets 100% of their November salary, a move that he believes would boost their morale and increase their productivity level.
The state commissioner disclosed this while speaking at a meeting between the Labour leaders in the state and the government.
He said “for the first time in Bayelsa state, the government has not been able to pay full salaries and pay as at when due, since the beginning of this year.
“We understand and we appreciate, because we all have families and relatives in the service and we know how difficult it has been.
“However, a labourer deserves his wages and government is mindful and knows that it is not in our place to make excuses to labour, that because this has happened, we cannot pay.
“It is the place of government or an employer to meet his obligation to labour.
He also noted that the action of the governor is the first step to better days that lie ahead, and thanked the workers for their commitment to duty, the loyalty they have shown to the administration and their invaluable support.
He assured them that the administration’s promise of a better Bayelsa remains sacrosanct.
The Supreme court is expected to rule on the legal tussle between Governor Seriake Dickson of the PDP, who was declared winner of the poll and Chief Timipre Sylva, the APC candidate who challenged the victory today, November 8, 2016.