Civil Servants in Bayelsa State, who have not been paid for the past five months, will get half of their February salary on Monday if the governor’s directive is followed.



Civil Servants in Bayelsa State, who have not been paid for the past five months, will get half of their February salary on Monday if the governor’s directive is followed.

Governor Seriake Dickson on Saturday directed the Head of Service, the Accountant General and other appropriate officials to ensure the civil servants receive their salaries by Monday or be ready to face disciplinary action.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, Mr. Dickson expressed dismay that workers were still not paid their salaries, despite his directive.

He warned that failure to pay the workers by Monday will attract stringent disciplinary action against the erring officers.

Mr. Dickson, according to the statement, also demanded an immediate explanation on the reason for the delay. The governor commended the workers for their patience, and expressed his administration’s commitment to their welfare.

Although the governor’s statement was silent on what month’s salary the workers would be paid, PREMIUM TIMES learnt that 50 per cent of February’s wages are to be paid.
The Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress in Bayelsa State, John Indiomu, told PREMIUM TIMES that the government will start with the payment of February salary. He said the workers are hopeful that the government will be consistent in paying the backlog of salaries.

Mr. Indiomu said no worker would be happy to receive only a part of his salary, but he understands that Nigeria is going through difficult time.

“As the situation is, there is nothing we can do than to accept it,” Mr. Indiomu said.
The state’s civil servants recently embarked on a three-day strike to protest the inability of the government to pay them salaries for about five months. The workers later called off the strike and accepted to be paid 50 per cent of their monthly salaries.

Many states in Nigeria are unable to pay their workers due to reduced government income as a result of the drop in theinternational price of crude oil.

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