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FCT workers' union kick over Perm Sec

• Insists on dissolution order 1
Having complained and re­jected the idea of posting a permanent secretary to the FCTA earlier, the Joint Union Action Committee on the FCTA Unions are again kicking over the posting of a Permanent Secretary to the Administration.
The Labour body has insisted that though they will cooperate and work with the newly posted Permanent Secretary, they insist that the Dissolution Order 1 of 2004 had since put the issue to rest and that posting of Permanent Secretaries to the FCT Adminis­tration, like in the past three post­ings were in error.
Speaking to journalists, leader of the group, Comrade Titus Okoro said following the Disso­lution Order 1 of 2004, a chief of staff was supposed to be appointed to perform the functions of Sec-retary to Government of the FCT.
He said the Head of Service in their action has terminated all staff of the FCT Administration at Deputy Directors and at most Directors as none of them can as­pire to reach the position of per-manent secretary in their career since only those from Head of Service are appointed and poster to them.
Comrade Okoro stated: “In summary, the Dissolution Order 1 of 2004 simply states that ‘the administrative and bureaucratic structure established and referred to as the Ministry of the Fed-eral Capital Territory is hereby abol­ished with effect from Decem­ber 31, 2004. There shall be es-tablished 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 appli-cable 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.”
Okoro said that they must take steps now to correct the error to protect their career and that of the coming generations.
“It is disheartening when Head of Service of the Federation post a junior officer to oversee the af­fairs of very Senior Directors in the FCT Administration. In our considered view, it is absolutely anti progress. We therefore, as an organised body vehemently kick against the posting of a Perma­nent Secretary to FCT Adminis­tration by the Service.”
Corroborating Okoro, Com­rade Korede Matilukuro, Coordi­nating Chairman, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), FCTA/ FCDA chapter agreed that most of the perma­nent secretaries (the past three) posted to the FCT Administration are junior to some of their Direc­tors in service.
-The Authority

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