By Papa Austino Bob, May 1, 2017
The Deputy Governor of Bayelsa state, Rear Amiral John Jonah (rtd) says the state government cannot pay the backlog of salary because they never get the second tranche of the Paris Club windfall.
He made this remark while speaking at this year’s Workers Day celebrations in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital.
Rear Admiral Jonah disclosed that the state attended the National Economic Council meeting in Abuja and hoped that Bayelsa state can get its share of the Paris Club windfall but, unfortunately they were disappointed following an unresolved issue but hopefully when it comes, a considerable part of the backlog of salary owed to the state civil servants would be paid.
He commended labour for their understanding and cooperation so far and pleaded that this cordial relationship is sustain to move the state forward.
However the deputy governor noted that some of the demands by labour has been reached but those that are yet to be meant could be looked at based on the availability of logistics.
In his speech, the chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade John Ndiomu highlighted some grey areas the union demanded from the state government.
This includes the accreditation of courses at the College of Health Technology, Otuogori; conversion of the State College of Arts and Science to State Polytechnic; the accreditation of courses at State College of Education, Sagbama, prompt payment of salary to forest guards, re-training of civil servants, and others.