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Dickson Orders Direct Payment Of Salaries After Receiving Paris Club Refund

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Why PDP Lost Bayelsa, Kogi Elections - Governor Dickson

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Henry Seriake Dickson has ordered the payment of outstanding salaries and pensions after receiving the Paris Club Refund from the Federal Government.

Naija News understands that the governor gave the directive yesterday through the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Markson Iworiso-Markson. He also said that the payment is for two out of the outstanding three months salary arrears to workers and four out of seven months pension arrears in the state.

The commissioner said that while the state government got N21.94 billion, the Local Governments received N2.22 billion.

He stressed that the state government decided to make the Paris Club Debt public in consonance with the prevailing policy of transparency and accountability for which administration is reputed. He explained that the government would commit N8 billion of the total receipts to the payment of outstanding salary arrears and pension.

On the issue of the N800 billion debt claim by Lokobiri, Iworiso-Markson, said that the unsubstantiated figure was inconceivable as it conflicted with the authoritative figure from the Debt Management Office which put the state debt portfolio at N123 billion.

The commissioner challenged Lokpobiri to inform Bayelsans of the number of projects he had attracted to the state as a minister whose party was in control of government at the national level.

Iworiso-Markson said that the state government decided to make the Paris Club Debt public in consonance with the prevailing policy of transparency and accountability for which administration is reputed.

According to him, the government would commit N8 billion of the total receipts to the payment of outstanding salary arrears and pension.

Source: Naija News

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