Warning strike: Civil Servants, FCT Minister reach truce

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The Federal Capital Territory Minister, Bala Mohammed, Monday evening met with leaders of the workers’ association under the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) during which an agreement was reached on most areas of conflict. Implementation of workers promotion, staff housing scheme, biometric screening, payment of hazard allowance, and provision of buses for staff transportation were all resolved without further squabble.

With the breakthrough, the leaders are scheduled to report back to their members on Tuesday, 10th December after which they are expected to call off the warning protest.

A statement by Nosike Ogbuenyi, Special Assistant to the Minister on Media said the meeting with the workers which lasted for about two hours took place at the Banquet hall of the Minister’s official residence, Life Camp.

Mohammed assured the workers that their pending promotion has already been scheduled to be effected between this month (December) and January after the conclusion of the ongoing biometric screening to identify real workers in the FCT. He also approved more buses for staff transportation, prompt payment of outstanding hazard allowances among other.

Earlier on Monday, the Minister stated that the issues raised would be tackled, noting that the FCTA has a staff strength of over 28,000 personnel and pays about N3.6 billion monthly as staff wages and salaries.

He remarked that it was this high number of staff and huge monthly wage bill that informed the decision of the FCT Administration to embark on biometric exercise to ascertain that these monies are not being paid to ghost workers.

The Minister added that there is no way any reasonable Administration would embark on promotion exercise without first verifying the actual number of its workforce and ensuring that Manpower budget, vacancies, establishment and budget are provided to cater for the additional costs envisaged.

He further emphasized that the FCTA under his supervision, pays staff wages and salaries on or before the 25th of every month.

Babatunde Akinsola
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Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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