—BAYELSA State Government, said, yesterday, that it had received N12.447 billion as its share of the last tranche of the London-Paris Club refund. The state Commissioner for Finance, Maxwell Ebibai, disclosed this after the State Executive Council meeting in Yenagoa. Dickson He said out of the amount, the sum of N1.143 billion will go to the eight local government areas in the state as their share. Ebibai also disclosed that Governor Seriake Dickson had directed the immediate payment of December salary to workers in the state to enable them have a memorable Christmas. He said following the directive, workers in the state will from yesterday start receiving bank alerts for their December salaries. On his part, the state Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mr. Joshua Ongore, said that the governor will today present details of the 2018 budget. According to him, the draft of the budget was presented before members of council who unanimously adopted it after all final considerations were undertaken. Also speaking, Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson, thanked Bayelsans for their understanding and support for the government and assured them of better days ahead, especially in the coming year.