JUAC Strike Cripples Activities In FCTA Agencies

Government activities at the Federal Capital Territory Administration  (FCTA) were on Tuesday crippled by angry workers who complied with a 3 day warning strike initiated to press home  their demands. 

Customers and visitors were left stranded at some of the strategic FCTA agencies, like Abuja Environmental Protection Board  (AEPB ) Department of Development Control,  Abuja Geographic Information Systems  (AGIS ). 

The workers allegedly accused the administration of double standards, saying that government that claim to be transparent cannot continue to retain a Permanent Secretary deployed from the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, against the intent of FCT Civil Service Commission Act, already 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 the Civil Service of the Federation is occupying an illegal position, noting that 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 the implementation of the Act and other issues that border on workers welfare for too long.

Korede noted that the strike actions is likely going to be indefinite, until the administration heeds the call to implement 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 National Assembly and it’s 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.

Remi Johnson/Abuja

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