CITY NEWS FCTA shuts 2 il­le­gal schools AUMTCO work­ers protest, be­gin strike over un­paid salaries

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Mustapha Suleiman By Mustapha Suleiman

The Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FCTA), yes­ter­day, shut two il­le­gal nurs­ery and pri­mary schools at Du­rumi 3 in Gaduwa area of Abuja.

The oper­a­tion was led by the act­ing Sec­re­tary of Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tariat, Mrs Naomi Biki, who said that the two schools were op­er­at­ing be­low ac­cept­able stan­dards. She pointed out that one of the schools was shut two years ago but the owner re­opened it with­out meet­ing the stan­dards.

Biki urged to en­roll their par­ents not chil­dren in sub­stan­dard schools.

City News gath­ered that 536 il­le­gal and sub­stan­dard schools in the ter­ri­tory have been iden­ti­fied for clo­sure by the sec­re­tariat. and il­le­gal Hun­dreds of work­ers at the Abuja Ur­ban Mass Trans­port Com­pany (AUMTCO), un­der the Amal­ga­mated Union of Pub­lic Cor­po­ra­tions, Civil Ser­vice Tech­ni­cal and Re­cre­ational Ser­vices Em­ploy­ees (AUPCTRE), yes­ter­day, locked the en­trance to the com­pany lo­cated along Kubwa road.

The work­ers, who were not paid their salaries for five months, car­ried plac­ards bear­ing var­i­ous in­scrip­tions and stormed the com­pany as early as 8:00a.m., de­mand­ing for im­me­di­ate pay­ment of their salaries.

The work­ers said that the protest would go on for two days, af­ter which they would start an in­def­i­nite strike, if the man­age­ment of the com­pany failed to pay them.

Po­lice­men were de­ployed to the place to pre­vent the protest from de­gen­er­at­ing into a ma­jor cri­sis.

The Sec­re­tary of AUPCTRE, FCT, Com­rade Sikiru Wa­heed, who ad­dressed the work­ers, said that they were protest­ing against not pay­ing their salaries.

He said: “We are here protest­ing against the lack of pay­ment of salaries of work­ers in Abuja ur­ban mass trans­port. The work­ers are be­ing owed five months ar­rears of salaries by the com­pany.”

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