FCT health workers will get outstanding salaries on May 22, says AGF



The Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Ahmed Idris, has said that all health workers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will be paid their outstanding salaries on May 22.

Ahmed made the announcement during a meeting with stakeholders,  convened by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls  that the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) FCT chapter,  had earlier threatened to go on strike on May 28 if all their outstanding salaries were not paid.

Ahmed blamed the delay on technical challenges encountered while switching to the IPPIS policy of the Federal Government.

He also blamed  the delay on incomplete information by some workers and laxity on the part of the consultant which he said had been fired.

The accountant general, however, said that all the issues had been resolved and that all workers would  be paid their due on or before May 22.

Earlier, Gbajabimila said the meeting was extremely important because lives of citizens in Abuja were at risk if the strike was  allowed.

He expressed disappointment that the health workers were not paid their due after several interventions by the leadership of the house.

“We have workers who have not been paid for five months, where do this happen in the world? How do you expect them to survive?

“All over the world, people are commending health workers but we are not paying them their wages.

“All over the world, people are giving health workers extra wages and allowances but we are not; I am hoping that we will be able to resolve this today and avert the looming strike,” he said.

Gbajabimila commended the health workers for keeping to their oath of office and for saving lives even when their salaries were not being paid.

Also speaking, the Minister of the FCT, Alhaji Mohammed Bello said that issues of non payment of  salaries does not usually happen in the FCT as there were professionals handling it.

He said  the none payment of health workers salaries was unfortunate and measures had been put in place to address it.

He promised that other “chronic matters” affecting the health workers would also be addressed immediately after the lockdown.

“The FCT at a time was rated as the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

“A lot of successes have been achieved in recent times. If the strike holds, it could jeopardise the fight against the virus,” he said.

The Chairman, Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) FCT Chapter, Comrd. Debora Yusuf thanked the speaker for his intervention.

She said the health workers were not against the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) policy of the federal government as they were also against corruption.

“We are the hero’s on the frontline against COVID-19 and it is unfortunate that we’re not being paid salaries,” she said. 

She thanked the house  for giving them a standing ovations during the International Day of Nurses.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)



French Open allowed only 1,000 people a day, prime minister says Fans on best behaviour at UEFA Super Cup spectator “pilot run” Nadal faces tough path to French Open final FIFA suspends Trinidad and Tobago over High Court claim Abia Govt. announces resumption date for primary, secondary schools Aubameyang says he considered quitting Arsenal Bayern Munich complete quadruple with Super Cup win over Sevilla Death of construction firm staff delayed Eket remodeling – Gov. Emmanuel  Stakeholders call for more awareness against human smuggling Nasarawa, Kogi, Niger, others adopt measures to tackle flooding, alleviate victims’ sufferings – Survey By election: C’River north PDP youth forum sues for peace FG to implement plans in overseeing national OGP process United States sanctions Iranian judges, prisons over wrestler’s execution Navy inaugurates new hydrographic survey vessel Reps minority caucus congratulates Elumelu for inclusion among 100 most influential people FRSC cautions motorists against driving in flooded roads Invest in ICT infrastructure for resilient education system to survive pandemics – educationists Mushroom production can earn Nigeria more foreign exchange – NEPC COVID-19: FG receives 3 ‘Smart Walk-Through Booths’ to enhance sample collection FG distributes food items, diapers to FCT women Lack of competition taking toll on basketball players, Air Warriors coach says House of Reps C’ttee calls for upgrade of Calabar depot facilities COVID-19: China donates $2.9m medical supplies to Namibia Court grants trader custody of twin children over wife’s mental illness Aisha Buhari urges Nigerians to support victims of flood Assembly to scale up malnutrition management centres Car dealers bemoan eviction notice in Kaduna COVID-19 delays completion of water project in Bauchi as residents raise health issues NOA pleads with labour to suspend planned protest, dialogue with FG COVID-19: UNICEF donates 450,000 communications materials to Kano State Reps. spokesman commends Buhari for approving N12.8bn for Abia road Nigeria @ 60: Enugu residents want functional railway transportation Sports events can be held without vaccines, IOC President says Due process ignored in payment of N359m, witness alleges   China’s COVID-19 vaccine shows “no side effects”, says Russian pharma coy NAN to collaborate with group to promote national unity, cohesion Jimoh Aliu’s death, blow to Nigeria’s theatre industry – Ooni Flood cuts off Lokoja-Ajaokuta road, sacks more residents Former Thai minister to serve 50 years prison sentence for fraud Ondo election: Sensitive materials to arrive Akure Oct. 5 – INEC Yobe SIEC postpones LG elections Fans itch to see live action as UEFA allows spectators Kenya’s WTO candidate says she will focus on climate change if selected Ogun lawmaker donates 2 boreholes to communities in Obafemi Owode LG  Bauchi NGO attributes raping, kidnapping, to collapse of marriage institution Senate President mourns victims of Lokoja fuel tanker explosion 38 killed, 2 missing in Indian residential building collapse as rescue operations end Court remands trader over alleged defilement of neighbour’s 14-year-old Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong arrested in connection with protests Lebanese official says “dangerous” containers still at Beirut’s port