Bayelsa State governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, on Thursday said henceforth the ?salaries of primary school teachers will be placed on first line charge and directed the Commissioner for Local Government Administration, Pastor Agatha Goma, under the supervision of the deputy governor to ensure strict compliance.
The Commissioner for Information, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, who captured the governor’s directive in a statement said, Dickson made the pronouncement while speaking at the state’s monthly transparency briefing in Yenagoa.
He said with the current arrangement, the government would deduct the funds meant for the payment of the salaries from the Joint Accounts Allocation Committee (JAAC) in order to pay directly to the teachers.
Dickson explained that the government took the decision because of the difficulties encountered by the council in the payment of the teachers’ salaries.
The governor however reiterated the fact that it was statutorily the responsibility of the councils to pay salaries of primary school teachers as provided for in the law, but the latest measure is aimed at avoiding any encumbrances.
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