The Bayelsa State Government has approved a Wage Award of N35,000 for Civil Servants in its ministries, departments and agencies as part of measures to cushion the effects of the excruciating economic situation in the country.

The Deputy Governor of the state, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, disclosed this on Friday when the leadership of the South-South Zone of the Trade Union Congress led by its Chairman, Comrade Bolum Martin, paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Yenagoa.

Ewhrudjakpo explained that the wage award which was approved by Governor Douye Diri is in line with the appeal by President Bola Tinubu to the states to utilize funds from oil subsidy removal to ameliorate the hardship facing workers in their states.

He then directed the Head of the State Civil Service, Mrs. Biobelemoye Charles-Onyeama, to work out modalities on how to incorporate the payments into the state government’s payroll.

The Deputy Governor who described the civil service as the engine room for the implementation of government’s programmes and policies assured that the present administration in Bayelsa would continue to take the welfare of civil servants seriously.

He assured the workers of government’s support and encouragement where necessary to meet their goals and promote a healthy industrial relations in the state, South South region and the country at large.


He however urged the two major labour centres in the country, the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress to always work together in the interest of workers and the entire citizenry of the country.

Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman of TUC, South South zone, Comrade Bolum Martin, acknowledged the labour friendly disposition of the Governor Diri-led administration, noting that Bayelsa is among the few states that had extended the payment of the 30 percent minimum wage to local government workers.

Comrade Martin, who is the TUC State Chairman of Delta State, also lauded the state government for taking the lead in paying call duty allowance to health personnel, wage awards to local government workers and for creating a conducive work environment.

He informed the deputy governor that the chairmen and secretaries of the South South states were in Bayelsa State for their zonal meeting ahead of the National Executive Council meeting next month.


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