BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI, Abuja –
Workers in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), under the aegis of FCT Joint Unions Action Committee have rejected the posting of permanent secretary to the administration by the office of the Head of Service of the Federation.
Addressing newsmen on the rejection at the weekend, chairman of the union, Comrade Titus Okoro, drew the attention of Head of Service of the Federation to the Dissolution Order 1 of 2004, which abolished the office of a permanent secretary in the FCTA, as a quasi state of the federation.
Okoro reminded the Head of Service that the Ministry of Federal Capital Territory (MFCT) gave birth to Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) through Order 1 of 2004, which removed the position of permanent secretary and replaced it with the office of chief of staff.
The Dissolution Order 1 of 2004 states that, “the administrative and bureaucratic structure established and referred to as the Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory is hereby abolished with effect from December 31, 2004.
There shall be established for the Federal Capital Territory, the Office of the Chief of Staff to the Minister. The Chief of Staff shall be appointed by the Minister, and shall enjoy the conditions of service applicable to a Special Assistant in the Office of the President.
The Chief of Staff shall perform the functions that a Secretary to the Government of a State customarily performs in relation to that State.”
The union chairman chided the Head of Service for posting junior officers to oversee the affairs of senior directors in the FCTA, even when the administration has the finest crop of civil servants in all areas.
Okoro, therefore, called on the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, to impress on President Muhammadu Buhari on the need to revert to the Dissolution Order 1of 2004 for effective administrative structures.
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