Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has approved an 18 percent
increase in the minimum wage to teachers in the state.
The governor disclosed this during a courtesy visit by
officials of Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT).
The governor also disclosed that the state government
would commission the state teachers training institute next two weeks.
“I hereby approve the payment of your 18 percent minimum
wage. Your role is invaluable. I am equally ready to improve on it as our
finances improve," he said.
"In the next two weeks, we will commission the
teachers training institute one of the best in the region,” Dickson said in
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He used the occasion to appreciate the teachers for their
patience and understanding with the
“Our revenue profile is no longer what it used to be yet we have endeavored to pay
salaries,” Dickson added.
The governor added that the times are hard but the
government will not let teachers down.
“Prudence is what we need at this time. We have deepened
democracy by giving freedom of expression and we have not assaulted anyone thus
Bayelsa is among several states that have struggled to
pay civil servants owing to revenue shortfalls. The government has approved
packages to bail out such states.
- CAJ News