According him, the journalists who authored the stories were playing out the script of some disgruntled politicians, “who have decided not to see anything good in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led state administration.”
A statement issued on Friday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said some of the journalists reporting the story were taking undue advantage of the liberal and media friendly posture of the state government.
Dickson said the the governments of some of journalists are owing salary arrears of up to 8, 9 and even 10 months, which they have deliberately refused to report.
He explained that the Bayelsa State Government remains one of the least indebted states in terms of salary arrears to its workers in the country.
The governor said the state government had always fulfilled its salary obligations, until after the last elections, occasioned by the free fall in the state’s monthly allocation from the Federal Government.
He said the government had to borrow a number of times to make up the shortfall to ensure that, salaries were paid.
Dickson said he ought to be commended, instead of the orchestrated condemnation by a section of the mass media, “who are clearly, doing the bidding of some failed and disgruntled politicians, as well as a few unpatriotic individuals.”
He explained that while borrowing to pay salaries was not going to be sustainable, the state government has decided to look inwards by taking steps to strengthen the Internal Revenue Board to improve on the State’s Internally Generated Revenue profile.
According to him, the government was not relenting on meeting its salary commitment to civil servants, adding that out of the three months, one month has been paid while efforts were being intensified to ensure that, the situation is brought under control.
Dickson called for the understanding of the people of the state, as the current salary problem was not peculiar to Bayelsa State.
He said the Federal Government is also finding it extremely difficult to meet up its salary obligation to its workforce.