From Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has approved N700 million for 75 workers of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), forced into compulsory retirement in 2004.
FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, made the disclosure Friday at the sign off ceremony on the resolution of 2004 FCDA retirees matter, while receiving the affected people on behalf of the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello.
Ohaa said the beneficiaries would be paid within two weeks.
The matter was a subject of litigation for 14 years, causing the affected officers and their dependants remarkable hardship. Ohaa said the administration employed Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) towards the settlement with the affected officers and their families.
Earlier, the chairman of the 2004 retirees, Audu Umar, said the sign off ceremony was an indication that the inclination of the present FCTA leadership was poised to address issues bothering on staff welfare.
He appealed to the minister to grant long service award to the affected staff in view of their meritorious service to the nation.
Delivering the vote of thanks on behalf of the beneficiaries, Hajiya Hassana Ibrahim thanked the minister, the permanent secretary and the entire management staff of the FCTA for taking the bold step to ameliorate their plights by approving the payment without further delay.