Following the intervention of the FCT Minister, Malam Mohammed Bello, regarding their salary issues, the staff of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) on Friday postponed their three-day warning strike.
The workers thanked Bello for his involvement on behalf of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE).
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the AEPB employees embarked on a three-day strike as a result of the FCT Administration allegedly failing to implement the new remuneration structures for the board after several deadlines had passed.
After three days, the strike, which had started on Wednesday, was called off thanks to the minister’s intervention.
Speaking on behalf of the employees, the union secretary, Mr. Udeme Umanah, told NAN that the minister and other administrators of the FCT Administration met with several union executives.
Several meetings were held during the salary implementation strike, according to Umanah.
“The national body of the union met with the minister, Adesola Olusade, the Permanent Secretary of the FCT, and other administrators during the three-day strike.
Meanwhile, the minister went to the National Salaries Income and Wages Commission when the strike started on August 16, 2022, and asked that a letter submitted by the FCT administration regarding the salary structure be answered.
Accordingly, the commission forwarded a reply to the letter that was sent to the minister as a result of the minister’s influence.
“However, the minister gave Olusade instructions to follow the letter.
“To comply with the implementation of the salary system, the letter was forwarded to the Department of Human Resources, in the FCT administration,” he stated.
According to Umanah, the implementation will take place in September, with arrears being paid from January 2020 to August 2022.
He expressed gratitude to the AEBP employees for their cooperation and thanked Bello and other authorities for their intervention in the salary implementation.
One of the employees, who wished to remain anonymous, thanked the minister for his involvement.
He claimed that, as promised by the minister, the workers expected the salary to be paid promptly.