Written by Austine ELEMUE

Union calls for FCTA restructuring make case for civil service commission

The Joint Unions Action Committee, JUAC, of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has called for restructuring of the administration in line with the Dissolution Order1 of 2004 for efficient service delivery.  

Also, the group has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to expedite action on creation of the Federal Capital Territory Administration Civil Service Commission as obtainable in other states of the federation.  

JUAC Chairman, Oluwakorede Matilukuro who made this appeal during a media briefing in Abuja, tasked both the Federal Government and the National Assembly to holistically restructure the FCTA in line with Order I of 2004, which dissolved the Ministry of Federal Capital Territory, MFCT, replacing it with the FCTA.  

He said, “it is sad to note that since 2004, no Director or staff of the FCTA has never risen to the position of a permanent secretary anywhere throughout the Federal Civil Service despite 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 FCT Administration. 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 towards 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 further said; “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”.  

Similarly, he called for the upgrading of the FCTA Departments of Treasury, as well as Economic Planning, Research and Statistics into secretariats, respectively.  

Speaking further on the restructuring of the FCT Administration, Oluwakorede opined 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.    

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