06 April 2021 By Remi Johnson
Activities at the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) were today crippled by angry workers who complied with a 3 day warning Strike by JUAC to press home their demands.
Customers and visitors were left stranded at some of the strategic FCTA agencies, like the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB ) Department of Development Control and the Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS ).
The workers allegedly accused the administration of double standards by retaining a Permanent Secretary deployed from the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, a move they claim is against the FCT Civil Service Commission Act, signed by the President three years ago.
They further alleged that the serving Permanent Secretary who was deployed from the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation is occupying an illegal position, as the Act provides for an FCT Head of Service instead.
Chairman of Joint Unions Action Committee ( JUAC ) in FCTA and FCDA, Matilukoro Korede, said the administration had ignored the workers agitation for implementation of the Act and other issues that borders on workers welfare for too long.
Korede noted that the strike is likely going to be indefinite, until the administration implements the Act.
Korede insisted that the Union had severally called the attention of government and other stakeholders to the existence of Executive Order 1 of 2004, even before the passage of the FCT Civil Service Commission Bill by the National Assembly and its subsequent signing into law.
“This is three years down the line, the big question is why has it been difficult to implement it till date? “, he added.
The warning Strike which started on Thursday is expected to end tomorrow.