LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) _ Striking workers of the state-owned water company returned to work Wednesday, one day after the military government agreed to increase the minimum wage.

The strike, which lasted over a week, had shut off water to the populous commercial capital, forcing people to scramble for supplies. Long lines of people carrying jugs of water became a common sight in the crowded city.

Soon after taking power in June, military leader Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar promised to increase the minimum monthly wage for federal civil servants from $9 to $61, effective Sept. 1.

The increases also apply to civil servants, but were being negotiated on a state company-by-state company basis.

Lagos workers initiated the strike because the increase had not been applied to them.