Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Mr Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, has urged the chairmen of local government areas in the state to give priority attention to the payment of staff salaries.
Ewhrudjakpo, who spoke at a meeting with the council chairmen at the Government House, Yenagoa, stressed the need for more prudence in the face of the current economic realities occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr Doubara Atasi, the deputy governor warned that the state government would not hesitate to take disciplinary action against any council that owed workers’ salaries without any justifiable reasons.
He said, “This is a very trying period that requires special measures. We have said it before that we want all of you to relocate to your respective areas to perform your duties as council chairmen.
“This is also a time for us to make sacrifices for us to address the effects of the COVID-19. You must therefore take the payment of council workers’ salaries as a priority. For now, suspend all donations to NULGE projects and logistics.”