The leadership of the House of Representatives has resolved issues surrounding the payment of salaries of workers of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).
According to Lanre Lasisi, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, in a communiqué, stated that consequent upon the resolution, some of the health workers under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) and the Assembly of Healthcare Professionals would receive their salary on or before May 22, 2020, which will be Friday.
He said the issues were resolved at a meeting, on Wednesday, between the leadership of the House, led by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, and the Minister of the FCT Mohammed Musa Bello, Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris and officials of JOHESU, led by their chairperson in the FCT, Comrade Deborah Yusuf, among others.
Speaker Gbajabiamila expressed dismay at the meeting, that some health workers in the FCT, who have been at the frontline of the fight against COVID-19, did not receive their salary and allowances since January.
The Speaker, who said he considered the meeting “extremely important because there is the potential that lives are at risk,” noted that the House would not fold its arms and watch the health workers embark on strike, as they threatened to, on May 28.
Gbajabiamila said from the information at his disposal, the issues had to do with the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, saying equity and diligence must be adhered to in dealing with such issues.
He commended the health workers for their sacrifices and patience over the past few months and assured that the House would always prioritize their welfare.
FCT Minister, Bello, while thanking the Speaker for his intervention, said the FCT Administration had always paid salaries as and when due, but that with the introduction of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), they have been experiencing some hiccups.