Bayelsa state says it is in dire need of N1.3 billion bail out cash it applied to the Federal Government for to enable pay salaries owed its local government workers, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, media aide to the state governor Seriake Dickson said. The state government said the money would “alleviate the plight of the workers”. Markson’s also stated the inauguration of three government committees, namely Establishment (civil Service), State Pensions and Local Government committees, by the state deputy governor, Gboribiogha John Jonah, a retired rear admiral. Jonah was said to have tasked the Local Government committee to determine its actual staff strength and wage bill as at 31 December, 2015. The Pensions Committee is to verify monthly pension liabilities of state and local government workers, gratuity liabilities outstanding as at 31 December, 2015. It is also to recommend short and long term solutions on how the pension liabilities would be offset and give and input current pensioners list into monthly payment voucher. The Establishment Committee, Markson stated, will review salary payment and determine exact staff needed to efficiently run the government.
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