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Bayelsa to cut wage bill, reduce spending

10 March 2014, 20:23

Bayelsa - Bayesla  State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has ordered the Commissioner of Finance, Duate Iyabi, work out modalities to cut down on the state wage bill.

Some issues the commissioner has been ordered to review include remunerations approved for parastatals and travel allowances for government functionaries including those of the governor.

According to a statement from Government House, the governor instructed that such measures should be done in such a way that the state should be able to cope with the stress that has been induced by the reduction in its shortfall in federal revenue allocation to states.

He called on the people of the state to show understanding by bracing up to the current economic realities.

“I have a duty as your Governor to explain the reality of our current economic situation. It will interest you to note that from when I took the oath of office till now, our monthly revenue has dropped by over N5 billion. So, if we are not careful to build alternative revenue sources, we will get to a point where the Federal revenue will not be enough to enable us meet our minimum obligation as a State, particularly bearing in mind the very high wage bill that we have in this State that is higher than that of any other state in this country.

"Therefore, I have directed that approvals beginning with Government House expenditures should be further reduced by as much as 50 percent in the light of the current realities. There is every need for us to review most of our expenditure patterns and let it be said when that day comes that, there was a Governor who saw that possibility and worked hard to avert it,” Dickson stated.

– CAJ News

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