The members of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employee (NULGE) in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has suspended its strike which it started on February 29, 2016, protesting its non-payment of salaries.
Speaking to news men after a crucial meeting with union executives, the president of NULGE, Comrade Abubakar Yakubu urged its members to return to work and re-dedicate themselves in the service of the territory administration.
Yakubu added that the worker also needed to return to their various council in order to monitor as directed by the minister of FCT, Mallam Muhammed Bello, the disbursement of the money.
“We have looked at the strike action we embarked on since 29th of February, 2016, we have also looked at the bail-out that was given by the FCTA, last week. Base on that and as the minister has directed, that we should be part of those that will monitor the disbursement of the money, to be sure that they are meant for salaries and for salaries alone.
“Therefore, having put those matters into consideration, we have decided to suspend the industrial actions that we have embarked on since February 29. All our members should return to work as from tomorow(today),” he said.
The Union president who stated that two month of salary owe them have been paid, added that the third month’s salary was being processed as the allocation for it, have already been released.
“Our members are very happy because the essence of embarking on the strike was to make sure that those monies were paid. And as we speak, worker has started getting the alert and they are happy.
“My collegues are happy that the fight has been won even though it took about 36 days. We have told them to go back to work and rededicate themselves in their work and make sure that whatever we need to do as local government workers, that we do it to the best of our ability because to whom much is given, much is expected,” he said.
Recall that the FCTA has released N1.7bn as a bail-out to the six area councils in the territory for the payment of two months out of the three months outstanding salaries owed their workers.