FCT Abuja Workers Stage Protest, Call for Sack of Minister

MEMBERS of staff at the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Monday, staged a protest, calling for the immediate sack of the minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, over welfare matters, which they alleged had been serially ignored by him.

The aggrieved staff members, in their numbers, blocked entrance to the office of the minister and frisked vehicles going in and out of the premises.

The protest took place when the minister was not in the office, as the protesters, who carried placards with different inscriptions, were led by Mr Ajao Adejumo, chairman of Joint Union Action Committee (JUAC), FCTA chapter.

Apart from calling for the immediate sack of the minister for allegedly ignoring their career development, the protesters equally alleged that his administration has undermined their promotion.
The leader of the group, speaking with newsmen, alleged that the administration has not train the workers to keep them updated with modern trends in their fields.

Adejumo also accused the administration of linking promotions, training and other incentives of workers to bio-metric verification which, he noted, had been completed with no promotion or training in sight.
Addressing the protesters, the permanent secretary for FCTA, Mr John Chukwu, noted that the administration was aware of their demands and had commenced discussion with the union leaders on the matter.

“Most of your requests, I have seen and you do not talk in a very un-conducive environment. I appeal with all of you to just give us today to talk with the union; we do not discuss in the market place and I am sure all of you are responsible workers.

The minister, who later responded through his chief press secretary, Muhammad Sule, noted that the issues raised by the workers would be addressed.

He disclosed that the administration had a staff strength of over 28,000 personnel and paid about N3.6 billion as staff wages and salaries monthly.

He also assured that the government would soon embark on promotion exercise, based on the vacancies declared and availability of funds.

source: Tribune

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