NEDU MARK, Yenagoa
Bayelsa State Governor, Governor Seriake Dickson, has ordered the immediate cut of 20 percent from workers’ salaries starting from June, this year, on the state government’s Personal Income Tax Act, PITA scheme.
The governor who was in the spirit of May Day Celebration for civil servants in the state also showered the workers with the sum of ten million naira N10m as May Day gifts, saying the gesture followed the hardship civil servants in the State faced through the monthly deductions.
Although the celebration was attended by scanty crowd, members of Academy Staff Union of Universities, Nigeria Union of Journalists and Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria were absent at the celebration.
Governor Dickson who defied the heavy downpour to attend the 2015 Workers’ Day Celebration called on workers to shun politicians who indulge in politic of calumny to discredit the government, just as he insisted that workers should not be used by overzealous politicians or oppositions to distracts the state of its good socio economic developments.
He also appealed to politicians not to interfere with the activities of the civil servants in the state, as they are not politicians by career.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Second Vice Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC Bayelsa state, comrade William Oweimo called on Governor Dickson to fight the dubious elements in the state who hoard and adulterate petroleum products in the state.
Oweimo appealed to Dickson to put in place modalities for effective distribution of petroleum products in the state by constituting a reliable petroleum task force to tackle the menace.
The workers also appealed to Dickson to pay all the outstanding gratuities owe to workers without delays in order to ameliorate their hardships.
Hear NLC, “the payment would cushion the retirees’ hardships and improve their lives.”
On promotion of workers, NLC said workers due for by promotion by the state civil service commission since January 2015 till date have not been promoted, just as promotions for 2013 have not been implemented to all the teaching and non teaching staff of the State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB.
Oweimo also said, promotions for staff of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly and the service Commission had not been also be implemented by the state government
NLC said, “we therefore call on the state government to ensure that the process of promotion exercise in the civil services should begin so that our members like their counterparts in some other commissions are not deny their promotion.”