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FCT workers call off strike

By HenryUmoru

ABUJA—BARELY twenty-four hours after embarking on strike by the over 17,000 workers of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) demanding the immediate payment of  N2.8 billion monetization arrears, the workers yesterday called off the strike.

According to the FCTA Minister, Senator Muhammad Adamu Aliero, the one-day old strike by the FCT Labour Unions was called-off following an emergency meeting he had with Coalition of Industrial Unions led by the National Chairman of the Radio, Television, Theatre Workers Union (RATTAWU), as well as the representatives of the FCT Labour Unions in Abuja.

A statement by the administration stressed that during the meeting, it was agreed that the FCT Administration would within three weeks make effort to address the lingering problem, adding that the funds would be sourced either from the Federal Government or through virement of the FCT Statutory budget by the National Assembly as the arrears had not been captured in the 2009 budget.

The statement said, “The Minister assured the workers that the FCT Administration would do everything within its powers to pay the monetization arrears; insisting that it is their entitlement not a privileged and therefore must be paid.


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