Workers at the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) under the aegis of Joint Unions Action Committee (JUAC) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to expedite action on creation of FCTA civil service commission.
They tasked both the Federal Government and the National Assembly to, in addition to creating the commission, holistically restructure the FCTA, in line with Order I of 2004, which dissolved the defunct Ministry of Federal Capital Territory, replacing it with the FCTA.
In particular, they suggested that the department of Human Resource Management should equally have been restructured and repositioned to assume the administrative status of the Head of Service of the Federal Capital Territory Administration.
JUAC Chairman, Oluwakorede Matilukuro made this appeal yesterday while briefing newsmen on the occasion of this year’s May Day cerebration in the nation’s capital city.
According to him “It is sad to note that since 2004, no Director or staff of the FCTA has ever been appointed as a Permanent Secretary anywhere throughout the Federal Civil Service even in spite of the invaluable contributions of the FCTA towards accelerated development of the FCT and the nation at large, as well as the well-being of its residents.
“This is totally discouraging as it smacks off grave injustice, low staff morale, systemic ineptitude and institutional retardation in the FCTA.
“The review has become necessary in order to create the opportunity for restructuring the FCTA as it would go a long way to repositioning the Administration toward promoting the growth and development of the organization.
“It is our conviction that the review of Order 1, 2004 and the subsequent restructuring would, in no small measures, foster equity and justice as well as promote efficiency in service delivery and improved working condition of staff in various SDAs under the FCT Administration.”
He adds: “It is worthy of note that, the Secretariats of the FCTA are akin to Ministries in the State, while the Departments and Agencies of the FCTA are of the same status with what obtains in the various states of the Federation”.
“The Secretaries, who are political appointees, are of equal status with Commissioners in various states of the Federation therefore, it is logical and justifiable for the Federal Government to create similar institutions equal to the Permanent Secretary’s position in all the Secretariats of the FCTA, in addition to the creation of more Secretariats.”
Furthermore, the workers called for the upgrading of the FCTA departments of Treasury, as well as Economic Planning, Research and Statistics into secretariats, respectively.