The Bayelsa State Government has said that a delay in the monthly meeting
of the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee may result in a slight
delay in the payment of salaries for civil servants for the month of June,
The State Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Maxwell Embeleyi, said in a
statement on Friday that that the crucial monthly FAAC meeting could not
hold because of the inability of the Nigeria National Petroleum
Corporation to present accurate figures of revenue collected for the month
to the Committee .
He said that the meeting could not hold because of observed discrepancies
in the figures presented by the NNPC to FAAC.
Embeleyi explained further that this inability of the corporation to
present accurate and agreeable returns to FAAC was responsible for the
lingering delay in holding the June FAAC meeting.
The Commissioner explained that the Bayelsa State Government was obliged
to alert the workers and indeed the good people of the state that the
delay in the FAAC meeting could result in a slight delay in the payment of
salaries in the state.
However, Embeleyi urged the citizens to show the usual understanding in
the event of any delay in salary payment stressing that the government had
always given priority to the prompt payment of salaries to its workers.
He added that the Restoration Government led by the State Governor, the
Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson, holds workers in high esteem and had
always appreciated their efforts and contributions to the development of
According to him, efforts were being intensified to prevail on the NNPC to
present acceptable figures to FAAC in order to resolve the stalemate.
He said, “As a responsible government, we have always demonstrated a deep
consciousness of our responsibilities to our workers and other citizens of
our great state. This we have done over the years with prompt payment of
salaries to our workers.
“However, we feel obliged to inform our citizens that the unfortunate
delay in holding the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee meeting for
the month of June may result in a slight delay in the payment of salaries.
“We wish to advise our workers not to panic as FAAC is making efforts to
prevail on the NNPC to provide accurate figures of returns to resolve this
stalemate. We seek the understanding of our dear citizens on this issue
which we believed would be resolved soon.”
Embeleyi assured the workers that the government would pay the salaries
for the month of June as soon as the stalemate over the amount remitted to
the Federation Account for the month was resolved.