From Philip Eke, Yenagoa
The Bayelsa State House of Assembly has adopted the recommendation of its ad hoc committee on the non-payment of salaries in the local governments.
The committee had recommended that salaries of staff be given priority and that henceforth, no expenditure should be made in all the councils until salaries are paid; that the state government, in conjunction with the councils, as a matter of urgency should work out modalities for the immediate payment of salaries owed by all councils till date.
It further recommended that the state government should improve, through the relevant agencies, its supervision of the various councils, and that the councils be barred from taking any form of loans or financial liabilities until the Assembly dispenses with the matter at hand.
The House granted the request of the ad hoc committee to extend its investigation by one month to enable it interact further with petitioners and other stakeholders for a holistic resolution of the matter.
Also in plenary, the member representing Southern Ijaw Constituency III and president of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Hon. Daniel Baraladei Igali informed the House that the efforts of the state government in the sports sector is paying off handsomely as 13 out of the 21 wrestlers who have qualified to represent Nigeria in the forthcoming All Africa Games are from Bayelsa State.
In another development, Dr. Boumokumo Edmund Kpokiri has been nominated by the governor as a member of the State Civil Service Commission to replace the late Dr. Patrick Tekena.