By Samuel Oyadongha
YENAGOA—CHIEFTAINS of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Bayelsa State, under the aegis of Forum of Restoration Caucus Chairmen, have decried the large size of the state’s payroll.
While passing a vote of confidence on the Governor Dickson-led administration, the leader of the forum, Chief Thompson Okorotie, said the greatest challenge facing the state is payroll fraud, adding, “The extent of payroll fraud has been so large that several development projects have been denied funding.
“It does not sound right that Bayelsa being one of the smallest states in the country will have the highest wage bill to contend with.
“We must see the need to pay salaries to only those employees that are working at the various tiers of government so that the monies freed from the outcome of the long drawn verification process can be put into development projects.”
The leader of the caucus drawn from the eight local government areas in the state, Okorotie, in statement in Yenagoa, said that the Dickson administration has kept faith in raising the state to a great height in line with his electioneering promises.
Okororite said: “It is clear that in the last five years, the state has experienced unprecedented progress in many spheres of our lives.
“We have no doubt that all well meaning Bayelsans, residents and well wishers have not regretted voting Governor Seriake Dickson as governor of Bayelsa State.”
“are extremely proud and encouraged by the restoration government’s achievements in the area of education.
“The greatest challenge we have is the orientation of our people. We have to develop the right work ethics and values to aid accelerated development of our only state.
“The way forward for us is to challenge ourselves to take charge of our local economy, be more productive to contribute to the overall development of our country.”