Bayelsans Should Prepare For Tough Times – Dickson

Bayelsa State Government
has asked its workforce to
brace up for the global
economic challenge, as the
practice of augmenting
monthly salary with bank
loans is not sustainable.
With a monthly wage bill of N4
billion for workers coupled with
the shortfall in the monthly
allocation from the Federation
Account of between N3 to N4
billion, the State Governor,
Hon. Seriake Dickson said it
would be difficult for
government to meet its
financial obligation.
Speaking with journalists on
Thursday in Yenagoa, Dickson
said his administration would
meet with stakeholders towards
devising a policy aimed at
solving the problem of salary
payment in the state.
According to him, steps are
already being taken to sanitize
the civil service with the aim of
blocking wastages and
loopholes to ensure greater
productivity and effective
service delivery.
Dickson said, “There have to be
some discussions with workers
and stakeholders. We cannot be
borrowing to pay salaries as we
have been doing. Our
workforce minus political
appointees, we need about N4
billion to pay salaries; the
situation is not sustainable and
realistic because of our
development agenda.
While allaying fears of workers,
the Governor assured that
rather than embark on
retrenchment of the workforce
and the minimum wage, greater
emphasis will be placed on
professionalism in the civil
service in his second term.
He said:-
“A lot of states are going to
have crisis this year, even the
federation itself will face crisis
and it’s not peculiar to
Bayelsa state. It is important
that the workforce in Bayelsa
State should learn to
appreciate these things before
they jump here and there
instigated by failed politicians
who couldn’t win election but
know how to sponsor
demonstrations of old
pensioners that they couldn’t
pay when they were in office.”
While admonishing civil
servants in the state against
unwholesome practices such as
involvement in partisan
politics, payroll fraud and
multiple employments, the
Governor called on workers to
be dedicated to their duties and
loyal to the government of the
“There are a lot of things
going on; people have their
names in several vouchers,
earning salaries above their
grade level and all of those
things are going to be
corrected. I don’t also believe
that we should reduce the
minimum wage but if our
government is getting N3 or
N4 billion and our wage bill is
N4 billion, then there should
be a discussion. I don’t
believe that we need to
retrench workers because of
the economic downturn.
The governor added that any
civil servant found culpable of
contravening the civil service
rules would be made to face
disciplinary measures.
Dickson expressed his
administration’s intention to
bequeath a depoliticised civil