Workers of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), today, embarked on sit-at-home strike in protest against the refusal of the minister of the territory, Bala Mohammed, to settle their three years “13th month” allowances as he prepares to quit office in three days time.
Worse hit by the strike today were the public primary and secondary schools which were completely shut down as teachers and administrative staff stayed at home.
One of the aggrieved workers told our correspondent that workers were also protesting the minister’s claimed ignorance of the recent promotional interviews conducted for many workers in the territory.
Though officials of the workers’ unions were not immediately available for comment on the sudden strike action, but a strong union member in FCT said that the protest is to show the workers’ anger and dissatisfaction to Bala Mohammed as he prepares to leave office on Friday.
He said that the strike is also meant to register the workers’ grievances for the incoming government “about how we have been cheated for long.”
Efforts to get the official version of the crisis, including phone calls to special assistant to the minister of media, Nosike Ogbuenyi proved abortive as he did not pick the calls, neither did he respond to text messages. [myad]