FCT MInister, Muhammad Musa Bello
FCT MInister, Muhammad Musa Bello

No fewer than 3,000 staff of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) have been promoted, just as the former Acting Directors were elevated to various grades.
The promotions followed the 2016 promotion and confirmation exercises that were conducted by the Administration.
A statement by the information department of the FCTA said that 46 Acting Directors have been confirmed as substantive Directors and deployed to various secretariats, departments and agencies (SDAs).
The statement quoted the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Chinyeaka Ohaa as having given the breakdown of the officers promoted at the news briefing today, Tuesday, in Abuja.
It said that the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has approved the promotions and the moves to re-position the Administration for greater productivity.
The statement said that in keeping with the Minister’s commitment to strengthening FCTA institutions for effective service delivery and to reinforce incentives for greater productivity, all eligible officers for appointment into all grades of the directorate cadre would be subjected to written examinations from January 1, 2018, as applicable in the Federal Civil Service.
“Similarly, appointments, promotion and discipline of all staff under the FCT Administration, including teachers, have been centralized in the FCT Department of Human Resources.”
The statement said that a level playing field would be created for career advancement for all staff of the Administration even as it said that the Administration frowned at the practice where officers who enjoyed easy rides to promotion were posted across the service and became seniors over their peers who unfortunately were subjected to stricter promotion procedures.
The statement said that another reform is the delineation of some Senior Secondary Schools as Grade “A” schools and would now be headed by Principals of the equivalence of Directors, on Grade Level 17.
“Consequently, 10 Secondary Schools have been so graded under the 2017 budget while another 10 would be upgraded under the 2018 budget following the FCT Minister’s approval.
The statement said that Directors of Administration and Finance (DAFs) who acted as Secretaries in the interval before the appointment of substantive secretaries have been reshuffled across various stations.
They include: Alice Odey-Achu (Mrs) who moved from Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS) to the Transportation Secretariat; Malam Ado Faskari is now DAF for HHSS, while Justina Maimagani (Mrs), formerly of the Education Secretariat, has been moved to Health Management Board as its DAF.
Others are Hajia Safiya Umar formerly of   Abuja Metropolitan Management Councils (AMMC), now to serve as DAF for Legal Services Secretariat; Malam Abdelhamid Suleiman who moved from Transport Secretariat to AMMC, and Malam Musa Abdulraheem Anumah, who has been deployed to Area Council Services Secretariat as DAF.
Other changes include Mrs. Eunice Ugochukwu, who now is DAF Education Secretariat, Malam Umar Marafa – Social Development Secretariat and Dr. Lazarus Gaza – former Director, Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, who has gone to Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat.
Malam Baba Lawan, the former Director of Abuja Environment Protection Board (AEPB), who was redeployed to a special assignment, has been recalled to the Board. The Directors of Common Services Departments were also confirmed but retained their locations. [myad]