Waste disposal workers in the Federal Capital Territory have threatened to embark on strike over huge debts owed their various companies.
The workers said the Federal Capital Development Administration is owing the contractors backlog of payments running over six months.
A staff of one of the companies, Aishatu Dangana said the strike may commence next week if the payments are not made.
The workers said no payments were made since January. “The FCDA officials are now talking of two months payment without minding that some of them even borrowed money from the banks just to keep the FCT clean,” one of the contractors who declined being named for fear of victimization said.
In his reaction, the director of Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Baba Shehu Lawan, told Daily Trust last night that the permanent secretary in the FCT, Christian Ohaa, has approved payment for five months for the sanitary contractors. “Payment for January to May 2019 has been approved,” he said.