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FCT permanent secretary seeks review of ‘Order 1’ 2004 for career growth

The permanent secretary of the Federal Capital Territory Administration has called for a review of the Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory Dissolution Order No 1, 2004.

• May 25, 2023
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Olusade Adesola, the permanent secretary of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, has called for a review of the Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory Dissolution Order No 1, 2004.

Mr Adesola said the review of the order would effectively address burning administrative issues in the territory.

The permanent secretary made the call at a ceremony in honour of some aides to FCT minister Muhammad Bello and the minister of state, Ramatu Aliyu, held in Abuja.

The permanent secretary noted that though the implementation of the order was “desirable and expedient, it does not cater for the career of the civil servants’ element, who should be the largest beneficiaries of it.”

He also lamented the order to make the FCTA secretariat secretary a legal adviser between GL10 and GL12.

“Meaning that the directors in the offices would have to be reporting to the mandate secretary as the chief accounting officer through a subordinate colleague, which is a disservice to them,” stated Mr Adesola. “The Order 1, 2004, that withdrew us from the mainstream service and benched us in this system did not do anything to look at what will be the future career of civil servants in the FCT.”

He added, “What this speaks to is that the conversation on Order 1, 2004, is just beginning. We need to sit down to review this order, particularly as it concerns the civil servants.”

The permanent secretary also noted that the establishment of the FCT Civil Service Commission could not bridge the gap, adding that a commission has functions different from those of the offices of the permanent secretary and the department of human resource management.

He explained that many proposals and initiatives “are in the offing,” believing that “when the new administration comes, this will be a very major issue that will have to be reviewed in order to address issues affecting the career of the civil servants.”


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