Written by Austine ELEMUE

14 years after, Bello approves N700mn for FCDA retirees

The 75 staff members of the Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, who were affected by the 2004 compulsory retirement exercise can now heave a sigh of relief as the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has approved the payment of over N700 million to them.

FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, made the disclosure in his office  at the sign-off ceremony on the resolution of 2004 FCDA retirees matter while receiving the retirees on behalf of the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello. 

 

According to the permanent secretary, the entitlement of the 75 beneficiaries would be paid directly into their accounts within two weeks. 

Our correspondent learnt that the resolution of the matter, which had been a subject of litigation, had been stalled for fourteen years, causing the affected officers all forms of hardship. 

However, in keeping with the commitments of the present administration to the Rule of Law, the matter was laid to rest through the Alternative Dispute Resolution, ADR. 

Ohaa further explained that the minister has graciously decided to give succour to the affected staff by applying human face to the issue saying; “The minister has graciously agreed to bring your challenges to an end, by giving human face to your issue.” 

Earlier, the chairman of the 2004 retirees, Engr. Audu Umar, explained that the sign-off ceremony is an indication that the present leadership of the FCT Administration is indeed different and poised to address issues of staff welfare, just as he appealed to the minister to grant long service award to the affected staff in view of their meritorious service to the nation.   

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