Bayelsa saves N300m from LG reforms

Bayelsa saves N300m from LG reforms

Bayelsa saves N300m from LG reforms

By Bimbo Ogunnaike with agency report

The Bayelsa  State Government has disclosed that the ongoing reforms at the local government areas saved the state about N300 million after the monthly wage bill of the eight council areas were reduced.

The State Commissioner for Local Government Administration, Dr Agatha Goma, made the disclosure on Friday at the ongoing inter-ministerial briefing to mark the sixth anniversary of the Seriake Dickson administration.

She noted that the current administration had introduced fiscal discipline and set up procedures on prudent management of public funds at the local government level in the state.

The commissioner said the reforms were designed to tackle wastage in the system and that it would be pursued to a logical conclusion.

It would be recalled that that Ministries, Departments and Agencies in Bayelsa had been taking turns to showcase their score cards as part of the six years anniversary of the present administration,

Goma observed that lack of supervision of the local government system had resulted in the uncontrolled recruitment of personnel without an audit leading to over bloated wage bill.

According to her,the dwindling allocation to the local government tier during the economic recession caused a distress in the system, resulting in insufficient funds to pay workers salary.

“We got into office and discovered that the wage bill of the local governments across the state was in excess of N1.4 billion at such a time that the total revenue accruing to the councils was about N600 million. We took steps to check the excess and it yielded results,” the commissioner said.

“As at December 2015, the wage bill dropped from over N1.4 billion to N1.38 billion; in April 2016, it further dropped to N1.22 billion and currently it stands at N1.18 billion.

“We have changed the narrative such that the funds freed are being channelled to development at the grassroots and today there are numerous ambitious projects dotted across the state and undertaken by the local governments,” Goma said.

She also said that the Bayelsa Fire Service supervised by her ministry performed optimally due to the upgrading of facilities and provision of firefighting equipment and training of 34 firemen.

According to her, property valued at about N500 million was lost to fire incidents in 2017, while the fire service responded to 45 distress calls.


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