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The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, has reassured the staff of the FCTA that the Administration is fully committed to ensuring their well-being. This assurance was given by Bello during the annual FCTA staff recognition award 2023, which took place on Tuesday at The Palms Hotel in Abuja.

Bello emphasized the Administration’s dedication to developing and promoting programs and activities that prioritize staff welfare and motivation. While congratulating the awardees, Bello encouraged them to continue their efforts and urged other staff members to emulate their hard work and dedication.

Represented by Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani-Aliyu, Bello acknowledged the significant contributions of the FCTA/FCDA staff to the development of Abuja as the Center of Unity. He highlighted that the staff’s tireless work is aimed at creating a capital city that all Nigerians can be proud of, not only for the country but also for the entire African continent.

The Permanent Secretary of FCTA, Olusade Adesola, congratulated the awardees and announced that the Administration would begin implementing a 40% increase in salary for FCT staff on the Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure (CONPSS) starting in May 2023. This increase was approved by the Federal Government the previous month. Adesola explained that the delay in payment was due to the lack of appropriate communication through a circular from the approving authority.

Adesola further stated that the Administration has prioritized the payment of subvention and overheads as a first-line charge to ensure that staff have the necessary resources and a conducive environment to carry out their duties. He urged the award recipients to rededicate themselves to the service of the Administration, emphasizing that the reward for hard work is more work.

The Head of Service of the Federation (HOS), Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, commended the FCT Administration for implementing a rewards and recognition system, which has always been part of the Civil Service rules but had been neglected until the implementation of the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan (FCSSIP 25) in 2017. The HOS highlighted the importance of staff welfare in motivating a productive workforce.

The 2023 Staff Recognition ceremony honored 184 staff members and corporate citizens in 12 categories, including Special Recognition Award, Outstanding Performance Award, Management Recognition Award, Exceptional Public Service Award, Star of Bravery Award, and Outstanding Leadership Award. Among the recipients of the Outstanding Leadership Award were Muhammad Hazat Sule, the Director of Information and Communication at FCT, and other notable individuals who demonstrated responsibility, diligence, and dedication in their respective roles.

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