June 11, 2024

Central News

at the center of it

FCTA workers dance for Wike as their Civil Service Commission is created

CIVIL servants of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) are full of admiration for their new minister Nyesom Wike, for securing approval for the establishment of the FCT Civil Service Commission.
A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report says that Wike had, last Friday, announced President Bola Tinubu’s approval for the establishment of a civil service commission for the FCT.
Elated workers in their numbers gathered in front of the minister’s office on Monday, praising Wike and President Tinubu for taking the bold step to implement the FCT Civil Service (Establishment) recommendations of 2018.
President of Joint Unions Action Committee (JUAC), the umbrella body of FCTA and Federal Capital Development Authority workers Korede Matilukoro, says the action had put smiles on the faces of workers of the FCTA.
Matilukoro, who reflected on the protracted “struggle” for the FCT CSC for the past 20 years, says the collective efforts and prayers of the staff had finally yielded results.
He laments that FCTA workers had stagnated, not because they were incompetent or failed the perquisite examinations, but because of administrative constraints.
According to him, it had been impossible for directors to rise to the position of permanent secretary like their counterparts in the regular civil service.
“We just want the minister to know that we are so excited; we are so happy, and we are saying thank you sir.
“The approval came to workers as a big surprise. Coming from the weekend, we decided to bring a DJ to stand by and you will see banners all over the place.
“It is just to surprise you and to say, ‘to whom much is given, much is expected’,” the unionist says.
For Matilukoro, President Tinubu has done a beautiful thing, “a hope renewed,” in line with his agenda.
“He said he has a vision for Nigeria; he said he knows what he wants to do.
“We believe him now because even without asking, within a twinkle of an eye, he is able to feel our pulse; he is able to deliver on it and put a smile on our faces!”
While pledging the commitment and support of FCTA workers to the Federal Government, Matilukoro sues for improved performance from the workers.
Wike says, in response that the operation of the FCT-CSC would take effect immediately.
Hear the minister respond, “I told Mr. President; these people have lost hope. Renew their hope. Tell them that everything’s not lost and the only way you can assure them is by making them grow to the apex of their career.
“That hindrance to the workers’ career development has been removed with this development,” he said.
On the withdrawal of the FCTA from the treasury single account (TSA) scheme, the minister says that would enable the administration to better utilise its internally-generated revenue for development.