My Administration Won’t Delay Salaries – Governor Diri Assures Teachers

My Administration Won’t Delay Salaries – Governor Diri Assures Teachers

By Wires Editor | The Trent on August 13, 2020
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Senator Douye Diri, the governor of Bayelsa State
Senator Douye Diri, the governor of Bayelsa State

The Bayelsa State Government has assured primary school teachers that the Douye Diri administration will do everything possible to ensure they receive their salaries as and when due.

Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, the deputy governor of Bayelsa State, gave the assurance at a meeting with the chairmen, vice chairmen, and other principal officers of the eight local government areas at his office in Government House, Yenagoa.

He directed officials of the state Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, to liaise with the various councils to remove all the bottlenecks causing the delay in the payment of the teachers, a statement on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, by his senior special assistant on media, Doubara Atasi, said.

The deputy governor, who expressed displeasure over the delay, noted that reports at his disposal indicated that primary school teachers get their salaries one or two weeks after all other council staff had been paid.

While absolving the local government chairmen from the delay, he urged the Executive Secretary of SUBEB and other relevant agencies to ensure timely release of the state government’s monthly contribution to the councils for the payment of the teachers.

Ewhrudjakpo said: “I hear that primary teachers are receiving their salaries late. That other council staff get their salaries one or two weeks before teachers receive theirs.

“I am not sure it is the fault of the council chairmen because the report I have is that, the money gets to the councils late and so the councils are also paying late.

“This is in addition to the complaints from the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, that their general dues are not getting to them. We need to address this issue so that teachers can also get their salaries as at the time other workers are receiving theirs.”

To check fraudulent practices, he also set up a committee headed by the Chief of Staff, Government House, Chief Benson Agadaga, to ascertain the grade levels and steps of primary school staff in the state.

The committee which has three weeks to submit its report was also mandated to scrutinize the nominal rolls and payment schedules of the eight local government councils.

Ewhrudjakpo who commended council chairmen for keying into the present administration’s repositioning agenda, called on them to carry out viable and feasible projects that would be beneficial to the rural people.

Source: The Nation

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