The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has begged striking cleaners charged with the responsibility of cleaning the office complex of the FCT Minister and other Agencies and Departments to return to work and be patient as the administration is working assiduously to pay them their unpaid three months salaries.
Aggrieved cleaners, mostly widows and orphans on Monday, once again downed tools, and staged a protest over non-payment of salary arrears owned them by the Administration.
However, the Director, Information and Communication at the FCTA, Mrs. Stella Ojeme in an interview, described the strike action as unfortunate, as the Administration was actually working on resolving the issue, before they (the cleaners) decided that they were going on strike.
She assured that as soon as President Muhammadu Buhari sings the FCT Budget into law, there would be money available for their outstanding salaries to be paid.
She attributed the delay in payment of May, June and July salaries respectively to the Treasury Single Account (TSA) regime, the Director noted that their cadres as well as that of the secretaries and the directors were affected by the federal government monetary policy.
The Director, told The AUTHORITY that the Acting Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Salisu Mohammed, on Monday, had a meeting with them (the striking cleaners), where he assured them that their salaries would be paid fully.