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Verification: Speaker asks c’ttee to release council workers’ pay

By Samuel Oyadongha
Speaker of Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Chief Werinipre Seibarugu, has called on the Implementation Committee on the just concluded biometric staff verification exercise to release salaries of local government staff affected by the exercise pending the publication of the white paper on the report by the state executive council.

Seibarugu said this when members of the state chapter of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, met with lawmakers to forestall an impending strike by the union.

The speaker assured NULGE of the readiness of the House to resolve all issues affecting their welfare, stressing that when the white paper is released, it will be subjected to the House ratification before implementation.

He pleaded with the union members not to embark on any strike as issues raised by them would be looked into.

The President of NULGE, Mr. Nathaniel Kaka, had earlier informed the House of an alleged plan by the Biometric Implementation Committee to lay off 3,900 employees of local government councils in the state.

Kaka also said salaries of the affected local government staff were still being withheld, adding that their allowances had not been paid for eight months, resulting in untold hardship to the affected persons and their families.

Meanwhile, the State House of Assembly has called on the state government to dissolve the Due Process and e-Governance Bureau due to what it called improper conduct of the staff verification exercise.

The directors of the bureau were asked to step aside until the body was properly constituted by government.

The speaker was quoted in a statement aired on the state government owned radio
as saying that the activities of the bureau were illegal and lacked credibility for now until an enabling law was enacted to provide direction to its activities.


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