Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), in Bayelsa State, Comrade John Bipere Ndiomu says the payment of salaries of primary school teachers is the responsibility of the Local Government.
He clarified that the state government only assists from time to time when the local councils experience some kind of financial challenges, which has been the case in some councils in the state.
Ndiomu, who said the clarification became necessary because of the blame people heap on the state government, noting that talks are ongoing between the state and the local governments to make sure that the salaries of primary schools and Health workers are paid as and when due.
He disclosed that from 2012 there has not been promotion of workers, but the state government two months ago corrected it and is making sure promotions are implemented.
According to him, if salaries are being owed it might be that of 2015/2016 when the country was in financial crisis but added that the present government of Senator Douye Diri is not owing salaries.
Concerning the recent protest by some staff of Ogbia Local Government, over unpaid salaries, the NLC boss said, the staff, about 40 of them, were not included in the promotions but it has been handled and corrected.
On the issue of ghost workers, Ndiomu said the State Government and the NLC are working together to ensure there are no ghost workers in the system and also to protect the real workers in the civil service.
The labour leader charged workers in the state to be committed to the government in their duties, stating that the civil service is the engine room of the government.
He assured that on the part of the labour leaders they will ensure that workers are being protected, their welfare and wellbeing are being taking care of, knowing that the state has implemented the new minimum wage of the Federal Government.
When asked if there are arrangement for workers to access loan facilities, he said loans are available to workers and that it is the banks that are begging workers to come and get loans .