The governor disclosed this during a courtesy visit by officials of Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT).
The governor also disclosed that the state government would commission the state teachers training institute next two weeks.
“I hereby approve the payment of your 18 percent minimum wage. Your role is invaluable. I am equally ready to improve on it as our finances improve,” he said.
“In the next two weeks, we will commission the teachers training institute one of the best in the region,” Dickson said in Yenagoa.
He used the occasion to appreciate the teachers for their patience and understanding with the state government.
“Our revenue profile is no longer what it used to be yet we have endeavored to pay salaries,” Dickson added.
The governor added that the times are hard but the government will not let teachers down.
“Prudence is what we need at this time. We have deepened democracy by giving freedom of expression and we have not assaulted anyone thus far.”
Bayelsa is among several states that have struggled to pay civil servants owing to revenue shortfalls. The government has approved packages to bail out such states.
– CAJ News