Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson at the weekend called on labour unions to assist the government in its aggressive tax drive, with a view to improving internally generated revenue.
This he said during a crucial meeting with organised labour on Saturday, noting that it would assist the government to pay salaries and meet other obligations to the people.
He explained that the government embarked on the international cargo airport and other infrastructure development projects to attract investment to shore up the revenue profile of the state.
“With an improved internally generated revenue through aggressive tax drive and the massive infrastructural development of the state such as the cargo airport, Bayelsa will get there,” he stated.
On their part, the labour leaders requested for more time to hold further consultations with their members to properly articulate and consider the various options initiated by the government to address the payment of salaries of workers.
Governor Dickson further said that the issue of sanitising the payroll system of the state remained a major priority of the government to check future delays in the payment of workers’ salaries.
According to him, to resolve the lingering delay in the payment of salaries of civil servants, labour should be prepared to collaborate with the government in its current efforts at sanitising the system.
Dickson said the intention of the government was to establish a workable system that would stand the test of time, adding that if properly handled, it would put the issue of payroll and other fraudulent practices associated with the civil service at the state and local government levels to a final rest.
While commending labour for its understanding and patience at this difficult period, he emphasised that the government had set up a judicial commission of inquiry to validate the authentic workforce of the state, with a view to expunging the ghost workers syndrome from the payroll system for the good of the state.


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