Approves Payment Of Area Councils Staff, Teachers Minimum Wage.

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FCT Minister Approves Payment Of Area Councils Staff, Teachers Minimum Wage.

 

By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.

Minsiter of state for FCT, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has approved the payment of the new national minimum wage for area councils staff and primary school teachers across the territory which takes effect from May, 2021.

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The approval for payment of the new minimum wage, was contained in a letter from the director of human resources of the FCDA, Mohammed Bashir, intimating the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), of the Minister’s approval, a copy of the letter was obtained by our reporter through the NUT Acting Secretary, Comrade I. Jethro, at the teachers house in Gwagwalada, on Friday.

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Chairman of the FCT wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Comrade Stephen Knabayi
Chairman of the FCT wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Comrade Stephen Knabayi

“I am directed to inform you that the ministerial committee constituted by the FCT admistration to carry out the above mentioned excercise had concluded the assignment and forwarded the report accordingly”.

“Thus, it is gratifying to note that after due consideration, the Administration has approved of payment of the new national minimum wage to LEA teachers and area council staff with effect from May, 2021,” the letter said.

Global Times Nigeria, had reported that the FCT minister of state, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, had on January, 2021, urged both the NULGE and NUT to carry out screening of area council staff and teachers across to enable the administration know its staff strength.

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The screening was carried out both NULGE and the NUT where 17, 000 teachers were screened during the excercise in February, 2021 while a ministerial committee later submitted its report.

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Meanwhile, the union has said that it has suspended proposed resumption of its strike action slated for Monday, May, 3, 2021, if the FCT admistration failed to commence payment of the minimum wage for primary school teachers in the territory.

Minister of state for FCT, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu
Minister of state for FCT, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu

The acting secretary of the FCT NUT, Comrade Margerete I. Jethro, stated this while speaking with newsmen shortly at the end the emergency meeting of the State Wing Executive Committee (SWEC) of the union in Gwagwalada, on Saturday.

She said union decision to put the resumption of the strike action on hold was as a result of the renewed assurances and letter of commitment by the FCT admistration to ensure implementation of the minimum wage is sustained.

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“And in the event that the FCTA management reneged o its promise, that the union will be compelled to reconvene by the end of May, 2021 to take appropriate labour action,” she said.