NULGE protests de­lay in pay­ment of salaries in FCT

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Abubakar Sadiq Isah

The Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) chap­ter of the Nige­rian Union of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Em­ploy­ees (NLUGE) yesterday staged a protest over de­lay in pay­ment of Septem­ber salary of staff of the six area coun­cils.

The protesters, num­ber­ing over 100 gath­ered in front of the FCDA sec­re­tar­iat main gate, car­ry­ing plac­ards with in­scrip­tions like ‘Perm Sec must go,’ ‘LG Au­ton­omy Yes,’ ‘We say no to JAAC meet­ing,’ ‘Say no to cor­rup­tion,’ Pay us our salary and among oth­ers.

Pres­i­dent of NULGE in the FCT, Com­rade Abubakar Al-Has­san Yakub, who led the protest, said the union de­cided to em­bark on the protest as a re­sult of the de­lay in pay­ment of Septem­ber coun­cil’s staff salary.

He also frowned at the FCDA for the de­lay in hold­ing the monthly Joint Al­lo­ca­tion Ac­count Com­mit­tee (JAAC) meet­ing al­ways presided over by the Per­ma­nent sec­re­tary, Engi­neer John Chukwu, say­ing it was frus­trat­ing that coun­cils staff are yet to re­ceive their Septem­ber salary.

“And we think if we don’t take any ac­tion now, we will be­come like Kogi and Nasarawa states where civil ser­vants are owed up to six to seven months salaries.

“Nor­mally we col­lect salary be­tween 9th to 15 of the pre­ced­ing month, while our col­leagues in sec­ondary schools and FCDA take theirs be­tween 22 and 25 of ev­ery month. So, why are we the ones suf­fer­ing? We are all in Abuja and we go to the same mar­ket and we pay the same house rent,” he added.

The FCT per­ma­nent sec­re­tary, Engi­neer John Chukwu, while ad­dress­ing the protesters, said he would do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble within his power to en­sure that the area coun­cils get their salaries from Mon­day next week.

“I have no rea­son to de­lay any­body’s salary. What am I go­ing to do with it? We want to find a way, if we do JAAC meet­ing be­fore the money comes, but there will be risks. If we agree you are go­ing to get a cer­tain amount, when the money comes and it be­comes dif­fer­ent the next thing they will say is that ‘Perm Sec has eaten our money’,” he said.

City News ob­served that the chair­man of the Abuja Mu­nic­i­pal Area Coun­cil (AMAC), Mr. Micah Jiba, who is the ALGON na­tional chair­man, was booed by the protesters when he wanted to ad­dress them.

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