By Samuel Oyadongha
BAYELSA State government, yesterday, said the N107 million increase in its February wage bill was due to payment of salaries to the 1,000 newly employed civil servants.
The Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha Jonah (retd) made the explanation in Yenagoa during the state monthly transparency briefing for the months of January and February 2019.
He said the state government spent N2.82 billion on the payment of civil servants salaries as against N2.72 billion it spent in January this year.
He further said the difference of N3.7 billion in capital payments within the period was as a result of more work done on various ongoing capital projects in the state.
His words:”There is an increase or a difference between the capital expenditure of January and February 2019. If you put your mind to the number of projects we are doing, the difference is actually small.
“Any person with a fair knowledge of project management would know that payments are done based on certificates presented on the extent of work carried out.”