Environmental Workers Threaten To Shut Down Abuja Cemeteries
Environmental workers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Thursday threatened to shut down all public cemeteries in Abuja.
This came after the Gudu cemetery was locked up on Wednesday, but the workers reopen the cemetery after pressure from both the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and the presidency mounted.
The striking workers had two days ago demonstrated and subsequently embarked on an indefinite strike over the failure of the FCT Administration to implement a new salary structure for them.
Comrade Muktar Bala, the Chairman of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) in AEPB, said the unions agreed to reopen the cemeteries but will shut it down again, including all other operational systems of the board.
Bala, who expressed anger over the attitude of the administration towards the welfare of members of the union, noted that they have been exposed to several health hazards by handling the burial of abandoned corpses, yet the government doesn’t appreciate their efforts.
According to him, the reopening of the cemeteries was temporary, due to the agreement reached between the administration and its national body, but would be shut down again, should there be a failure on the side of the government.