Bayelsa denies owing 16 months salary arrears – Commisioner

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Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State

The Bayelsa government on Thursday described the impression that it was owing workers between 10 and 16 months salary backlog as inaccurate and insisted that outstanding obligation to its workforce was four-and-a-half months.

The state government clarified the status of indebtedness to labour in a statement issued by Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson, Bayelsa Commissioner for Information.

According to Iworiso-Markson, the arrears of four and half months accumulated in 2016 due to a sharp drop in the revenue profile of the state adding that following improvements in receipts from the federation account the state has no outstanding salary in 2017 fiscal year.

Council workers across the eight local government areas, including primary school teachers, are being owed between 10 and 16 months salary backlog.

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