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AUPCTRE Pickets IST Over Unwarranted Secondment, Others

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By Tunde Oguntola, Abuja

The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) yesterday picketed the Investment and Security Tribunal (IST) over alleged unwarranted secondment of staff to fill in management position at the civil court.

The unionist numbering about hundred also staged a protest at the IST Headquarters in Abuja to drive home their demands at the civil court. They also halt the day to day operation of the tribunal.

Speaking to newsmen during the protest the chairman, FCT council of AUPCTRE, Aliyu Maradi said secondment of official from other agencies to the tribunal was uncalled for and against the agreement signed by the union and the chairman IST, Barr. Siaka Idoko-Akoh on 12 February, 2018.

According to him, ‘’AUPCTRE is picketing IST because there are frictional issues between the management and staff of the organisation.

‘’There are issues bordering on unwarranted secondment of staff from other government agencies and parastatals while there are dully qualified staff in the tribunal already.’’

He further explained that some of the staff of the tribunal was qualified to be the HODs and directors of their various department yet the chairman will second staff from the Head of Service, Accountant General and Auditor General Offices to head critical department in the organisation.

‘’Our staff should not be marginalized in any way, the officials seconded are mainly in the procurement and account/finance departments which we feel that since our staff are competent enough and have the requisite certificate for the position.

‘’We are calling on him to implement the agreement we signed,’’ he said.

Also speaking, the secretary, AUPCTRE FCT Sikiru Waheed said Idoko-Akoh should be restrained from transferring its members to other states, except the need arises.

‘’He should be stopped from flooding the tribunal with corps member to avert displacement, redundancy or duplication of duty,’’ he added.

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