This was made known by the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Jonathan Obuebite, who spoke on Thursday, shortly after the State Executive Council meeting in the Government House, Yenagoa. He announced that the 30 per cent slash in salaries was necessitated by the prevailing economic situation.
According to Obuebite, the SEC also resolved that payment of salaries would commence at the various designated centres including Peace Park, Samson Siasia Sports Complex, DSP Alamieyeseigha Banquet Hall, Izon Wari, Dr. Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre and Micro Finance Bank in Yenagoa.
Speaking alongside the Commissioner for Local Government Administration, Mrs. Agatha Goma, Obuebite noted that the council sympathised with the workers.
He added that the payment of salaries for the council workers would be based on the recently-concluded verification exercise aimed at ascertaining the actual workforce in the local governments and ensuring that the right persons were paid.
The SEC, he said, decided to set up two committees to monitor salary payment at the state and local government levels, with representatives drawn from the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria.