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Bayelsa pays off sacked workers

Bayelsa pays off sacked workers

All those who were sacked as a result of redundancy in tertiary institutions in Bayelsa State have been paid off by the government.

The state deputy governor, Rear Admiral John-Jonah who made the disclosure in Yenagoa during the transparency briefing said it cost the government N313.5 million to settle the disengaged workers.

 

He said the amount was spent in lieu of the three months’ in lieu of notice for the termination of their services, in line with the public service regulations, as they apply to tertiary institutions.

He listed the affected institutions to include, Niger Delta University (NDU), Amassoma, Isaac Adaka Boro College of Education, Sagbama, College of Health Technology, Otuogidi as well as the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tombia.

A statement by the commissioner of information, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson quoted the deputy governor as saying that "On the issue of salary to disengaged staff, it did not only affect the NDU, but all the tertiary institutions, where the reform policy rationalized the staffing policy according to best practices.

"In the civil service, if redundancy is declared, the rule requests government to pay the worker one month salary in lieu of notice. But, in the tertiary institutions, we saw that their conditions are bit different from the public service regulations. In their case, you must pay the worker, 3 month salary in lieu of notice."

 

The statement also announced that the state was left with a balance of N7.3 billion at the end of May, 2018.

John-Jonah also noted that other components of the outflows include, bank loans and contractual agreements, N1.7 billion, salary for civil servants, N2.8 billion, political appointees, N315 million and monthly grants to tertiary institutions, N6.30 million.

He announced a gross FAAC inflow of N14.3 billion comprising, derivation of N9.8 billion, statutory allocation, N3.2 billion, value added tax, N837 million and stabilization fund for April, N327 million.

He said, the total FAAC deductions gulped, N1.6 billion, thereby leaving the state government with a net inflow of N12.7 billion, in addition to an internally generated revenue for the month of April, N590 million.

Earlier in his remarks, Iworiso-Markson assured that the government would remain committed to its transparency and accountability policy for succeeding administrations to emulate.

"Bayelsa today is very well known for what we have been doing for the past 6 years, rendering accounts of what comes in and what goes out on a monthly basis. And we are the only state in the country which has earned us awards and accolades from all over.
 

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