Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), reportedly implemented a reduction in the salaries and allowances of workers in the nation’s capital for October. The decision has stirred discontent among employees, many of whom have expressed frustration over the impact on their livelihoods.
In a letter dated October 27 and jointly signed by JUAC President Muyideen Oluwakorede and Secretary Enojo Sunday, workers conveyed their grievances, citing the depletion of the FCTA budget and personnel cost vote. The communication highlighted various additional expenses, such as the 40% peculiar allowance, hazard allowance in some DSAs, and other unaccounted-for allowances that contributed to the exhaustion of the budget.
The letter read, “This is because the FCTA budget and personnel cost vote have been exhausted because of the payment of the 40% peculiar allowance to the staff of FCTA that started sometime in this year 2023, payment of hazard allowance in some DSAs, and so many other allowances not budgeted for.”
Consequently, the Joint Union Action Committee (JUAC) proposed an interim solution, urging the management to pay the October 2023 salary without the peculiar allowance, using the available personnel cost vote. They further suggested a payment be made before November 2023 to bolster the personnel cost vote for the full amount of November salaries.
Workers affected by the salary reduction lamented the adverse impact on their financial stability and well-being. They expressed disappointment in Wike’s decision, attributing their increasing hardships to the ongoing economic challenges exacerbated by the rising costs of essential commodities and services across the country.
One affected worker criticized the Minister for neglecting the prevailing economic difficulties and further reducing the workers’ already strained income. The situation, as described by some workers, has led to a continuous cycle of debt and financial strain, with many resorting to credit for basic necessities and struggling to manage their daily expenses.
With transportation costs on the rise and the purchasing power of their earnings dwindling amid persistent inflation and currency devaluation, workers voiced their dismay over the additional burden of reduced salaries. The collective sentiment among the employees reflects a significant decline in morale, highlighting the broader implications of the salary cuts on the well-being and livelihoods of FCT workers.
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