NULGE strike paralyses activities in FCT councils


Malam Muhammad Bello, FCT Minister
The Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), FCT Chapter, on Monday commenced a three-day warning strike across the six area councils.
Activities in the area council secretariats were virtually paralysed as a result of the strike embarked upon over alleged non-payment of three months workers’ salaries.
NAN reports that the premises of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) were put under lock and key as staff members observed the strike.
Few of the staff members were seen gathered outside the gate of the secretariat discussing in small groups.
Mr John Dogo, a staff of the council said that the strike was in protest of three months unpaid salaries. “For the past three months we have not been paid our salaries and the situation is no longer acceptable.
“We all know the situation in the country today, even the people that are collecting regular salaries are finding it difficult to survive.
“We are no longer ready to work if our salary arrears are not paid,” he said.
Mr John Zaki, another staff expressed disappointment at the situation. “There is no reason why our salaries will not be paid for upward of three months.
“Last time the FCT Minister, Malam Mohammed Bello, waded in, we became hopeful but now, that hope has been dashed and we cannot continue to work without pay.
“Management should expedite action on the payment, if they want us to resume work,” he said.
However, efforts by NAN to speak to the Chairman of AMAC, Mr Micah Jiba, were not successful as he was said not to be available for comments
In Kuje, the gate to the council secretariat was under key and lock to keep staff members away from official operations.
The Chairman of NULGE, Kuje Chapter, Mr Ibrahim Kabi, told NAN that the strike was geared towards meeting their demands.
He said the strike …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper