The Bayelsa executive on Thursday described the news that it was owing staff between 10 and sixteen months salary backlog as inaccurate and insisted that first debt to its workers was once 4-and-a-half months.
The state govt clarified the status of indebtedness to labor in an announcement issued with the aid of Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, Bayelsa Commissioner for information.
In line with Iworiso-Markson, the arrears of four and half of months accrued in 2016 as a result of a sharp drop within the income profile of the state adding those following improvements it received from the federation account the state has no debt in 2017 fiscal 12 months.
“It is public knowledge that government is waging a war against an endemic payroll fraud in the civil service in Bayelsa.
“Last week, the state government in a bid to ensure a holistic implementation of the reforms introduced by the governor, withheld the salaries of 4,200 personnel suspected to be involved in the systemic fraud in the state.
“Also, intensified efforts are being made to sanitize the system that has left the eight local government areas of the state with an unimaginable size of the wage bill. The motive of the reforms is to have a wage bill with only genuine workers.
“However, the state owes salary arrears of four and a half months from last year when the economic recession was at its peak.
“The government was compelled to pay half salaries at the time for six months because of the issue of paucity of funds caused by the recession. Even some of the outstanding arrears have been paid thereby reducing the figure to four and half months,” the statement read in part.