By Emem Idio

YENAGOA—THE Bayelsa State Commissioner for Education, Elder Markson Fefegha says the state government has concluded modalities to assist local government councils in the payment of salaries of primary school teachers.

Elder Fefegha made the disclosure at the opening ceremony of a two-day training programme organised for headmasters of public primary schools across the state on the preparation of payrolls for their schools.

The programme, which began  on Tuesday  in Yenagoa, the state capital, is part of the ongoing reform by the state government  to tackle payroll fraud and ghost worker syndrome as well as reduce the huge salary wage bill in the state.

Elder Fefegha recalled that a similar training which was organised for principals of public secondary schools yielded positive results and expressed the hope that the training will help to check payroll fraud in the state.

The state Commissioner for Local Government, Agatha Goma, explained that the training will give headmasters the requisite skills to prepare their payrolls and it is expected to record success as being witnessed at the secondary school level.

In his remark, the chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Comrade Walton Liverpool, said by the training, Governor Seriake Dickson has fulfilled his promise to headmasters at a dinner organised in their honour earlier this year, that they would be trained on the preparation of vouchers.

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