29 October 2013.
As part of efforts to carry out reforms and re-position the third tier of government for effective service delivery at the grassroots, the Bayelsa State Government is set to introduce the Automated Biometric Attendance Register at the local government councils.
The State Commissioner for Local Government and Community Development, Deacon James Dugo disclosed this while speaking with newsmen at the end of a one-day enlightenment programme for management staff of the eight local government councils on the implementation of the Automated Biometric Attendance Register.
Deacon Dugo explained that some of the major challenges that had undermined the ability of the local government councils to deliver on their mandate include over-bloated wage bill, habitual absenteeism and late coming among staffers.
The Commissioner said that when the Automated Biometric Attendance Register is fully implemented only staffers who come to work and discharge their official duties would receive salary at the end of the month.
He assured that in spite of the very huge wage bill, the administration of Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson is not interested in sacking any staff. He advised employees of the councils to ensure that they participate fully when the electronic enrolment to capture the biometrics, commences in November or risk been declared as ghost workers.
Deacon Dugo however insisted that only those who are ready to earn their pay would remain in the service of the councils.