Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, has affirmed that the state government does not have the capacity to pay civil servants in the state because of dwindling revenue.
A statement from the state’s Ministry of Information and Orientation, quoted the governor as making this remark during a meeting with members of the Bayelsa Elders Forum in Yenagoa.
The governor enjoined the elders to prevail on the civil servants from their different localities to accept the ongoing payment pattern.
The government had been paying workers in the state 50 per cent salaries since February 2016.
The statement quoted the governor as saying, “In the area of public service, I appeal to the elders to be part of the discussions by engaging civil servants from their localities to accept the ongoing payment pattern as government at this point cannot pay full salaries.
“Some of the major challenges our government is facing is dwindling revenue and security. We call for collaboration to ensure law and order in all the local government areas in the state.”
Also, Dickson paid glowing tribute to elders and founding fathers of the state who fought and persistently agitated for the creation of Bayelsa state in 1996.
Noting that the state was not where it should be, he nevertheless said it was not where it used to be.
Secondary and primary schools teachers in Bayelsa State had threatened to embark on indefinite strike if the state government failed to pay its outstanding salaries.