Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, yesterday expressed disgust with the state’s unwieldy monthly wage bill of N6 billion, and revealed his intention to probe it and the mounting debts bequeathed from his predecessor, Timipre Sylva.
Dickson, who was in Abuja to formally resign from the House of Representatives, described as unfortunate and unbelievable that Bayelsa State with a low worker population could be paying the highest wage bill in the country.
The governor said, “Difficult and tough decisions lie ahead of the state’s economy, which has been badly managed to the extent that 80 percent of its revenue is spent on recurrent expenditure even though the state has a very small worker population.
The governor also denied reports that he had a rift with President Goodluck Jonathan over the appointment of his aides,.
“The President is not involved at all in the selection of my team. He is my boss and I am at his service. I have no apology to be by him. Don’t forget that he is a senior stakeholder in the affairs of Bayelsa State although he does not interfere in those things.”